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Volunteer Tuesday #51: TINA SAGISI

Volunteer Tuesday #51: TINA SAGISI

Every other Tuesday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Tina!

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TINA SAGISI

Volunteer Area(s): 

GreenHouse and miscellaneous general whatever. I have been in the older GreenHouse, call them what you want-- club 46. Redwoods since there was a club 46....when Jyoti was that old. And Sulley took a dare with an Easter egg in his mouth. Burnt in my memory. I remember asking Keane what Jesus looked like after he rose again. Keane said a loaf of bread. Wow. Deep.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I chose to volunteer in Greenhouse because kids say and do the funniest things. Plus, I learn a lot about their parents, too. Plus, I like having variety.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Playing truth or dare with the pastors kids. Seeing kids who outgrow my class come back and visit.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

OPEN-TO-CHANGE

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

With the sun shining, go to Uptown, ride the trolley and/or train, get off and on at every stop, go out to eat, take in a show with friends, go thrift store shopping, spend time with a person on the street,  do something at church, eat again. Go home. 

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE ADAM DESAUTELS BECAUSE…

I am certain he has something to say.

Volunteer Tuesday #50: TILDEN ENGLE

Volunteer Tuesday #50: TILDEN ENGLE

Every other Tuesday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Tilden!

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TILDEN ENGLE

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse (9 years) – Diggers and Evergreens

Roots (every now and then) - Unbeknownst to Matt or Scott, I created a new volunteer team called Roots :) This team is responsible for ensuring that IT is up and running. Basically, when the Watershed leadership team calls the Roots team with an issue, you just follow the below sample script:

Roots Team - “Hello”
Watershed - “The Internet isn’t working.”
Roots Team - “Hmmmm....well....it should.”
Watershed - “Why do IT people always say it should?!?’” Roots Team - “Ummmm...have you rebooted the device.”

Every now and then, I help out with IT stuff at Watershed.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I am without a doubt an Enneagram Type Six (https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/type-6/). I am committed, responsible, and loyal. My wife, Stephanie Costas, figured out a long time ago that I am a loyalist and used this knowledge to her advantage when she asked me to sign up for Greenhouse. She knew I wouldn’t, I couldn’t say no...trickery!

In all seriousness, my wife simply asked me to serve with her and I said “yes.”

With regards to Roots :), a couple of years ago, Watershed needed some help with getting the building connected to the Internet. A certain acquaintance of mine, who happens to be from Canada and more specifically Newfoundland and even more specifically...well, you’ll just have to ask him, mentioned to Austin Smith that I might be able to help. So , being the E6 that I am, I said “yes.” Personally, I think the whole thing was a conspiracy and Austin had been in collusion with this Canadian and my wife all along...trickery!

Anyway, I work in the field of Information Technology and setting up the network early one morning was a pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the time to myself.

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What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

As a Greenhouse volunteer, I have the pleasure of experiencing my favorite moment quite often. I have believed for many years that children have the ability to see God more easily than I, as an adult, can see God. Hearing the kids discuss the topic of the day and interact with others, gives me a perspective, an insight, that as an adult I just don’t see as well.

Last year, Taryn Hofert performed the song “Sight” by the artist Sleeping at Last. Throughout the song there is this sense of longing that is beautifully stated in the line, “you see God in ways I wish I could.”

As a Greenhouse volunteer, my favorite moment is when I, through a child, get a glimpse into seeing God in a way I wish I could.

“Sight” - Sleeping at Last (http://www.sleepingatlast.com/blog/2016/5/6/sight-how-it-was-made).

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

You know, recently, I have found that sitting in the backyard sipping a cup of coffee while watching my chickens has been surprisingly relaxing Yep, at the season in my life: coffee, chickens, family, and sunny 70 degree weather.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE…

No way am I recommending someone. This whole thing took me like 5 hours to write. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, let alone someone who might be an introvert <mic drop>.

If I really have to recommend someone, then Tina Sagisi! Tina has been a part of my daughters’ Watershed experience for their entire lives. She is thoughtful, caring, and funny. Every so often, she surprises my family with letters of encouragement and parenting advice sprinkled with confetti and glitter...AHHHHHH TINA!!!!!!

Volunteer Tuesday #49: KRISTY YETMAN

Volunteer Tuesday #49: KRISTY YETMAN

Every other Tuesday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Kristy!

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KRISTY YETMAN

Volunteer Area(s): 

GreenHouse (sub)

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I volunteered in Greenhouse for years, and now that I am no longer able to serve weekly, I still wanted to stay connected .

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

My favorite moment in Greenhouse was rocking a baby to sleep during the Christmas Eve service.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Connected.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

My perfect day in Charlotte is walking through uptown, eating ice cream, and smelling the tea olives in bloom.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE…

Tilden Engle

Volunteer Tuesday #48: KYLE YANCEY

Volunteer Tuesday #48: KYLE YANCEY

Every other Tuesday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Kyle!

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KYLE YANCEY

Volunteer Area(s): 

GreenHouse

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

We were looking for a way to give back. The Watershed community with our time and the kiddos were calling!

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Watching Kassi lead the kids through meditation and yoga then seeing how calm and focused they become…for a few minutes, anyway.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Accepting

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Music, brews, anything outdoors, and mild sunny days.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE…

Kristy Yetman

Volunteer Friday #47: DESMOND SMITH

Volunteer Friday #47: DESMOND SMITH

Every other Friday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Desmond!

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DESMOND SMITH

Volunteer Area(s): 

Band, Production, Lead Team

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I’ve always been a musician and the emotional impact of being able to create and share music in a corporate setting has always been really powerful for me. In both the band and the production team, I get to have a part in setting the ambiance, the feel, and the energy for the gatherings at Watershed. 

I’ve also been a Lead Team member since 2012. The Lead Team is a small group of volunteers that serve in an advisory role to Matt and Scott in making decisions regarding staffing, facilities, and the overall progress of the community. It functions a lot like a board of elders or deacons in other church settings. It’s a commitment that I take very seriously and I value the opportunity to represent the community in this way.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

There have been a lot but most recently has been the long hours that it took to move into our  first home. It was amazing to see so many volunteers from so many different facets of Watershed coming together to pour our own spirit and energy into our new space. For me, it felt like it had a powerful impact on our sense of community.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Freeing

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

When I can’t get there in person, I need to start my day with some Enderly Coffee at home. There’d be some Mountain Biking in the morning, some exploring in the afternoon, and an evening with my wife, Kristy, at a brewery (or grabbing Fish and Chips at Workman’s Friend) to finish off the day. 

All in all, my perfect day would have to include Seth, people I love, some outside time, yoga, decent food, and maybe a dog.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE KYLE YANCEY because…

Kyle Yancey because I’ve seen some of that dude’s dance moves and it would be a shame not to share it with everyone! Also, he’s a great guy.

Volunteer Friday #46: Ginnie Hinkle

Volunteer Friday #46: Ginnie Hinkle

Every other Friday, we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Ginnie!

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GINNIE HINKLE

Volunteer Area(s): 

I volunteer in Green House (GH), the GH band, and I've been a part of Video Production for the Watershed Christmas series 2017 and 2018. I also just joined the Morning Production crew to help run sound, lights, and more during service.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I volunteered in GH because I grew up babysitting and love kiddos. The ability to mentor, ask a child how their day is, help them see their presence as important, or just giggle with a child is one of the most important things I feel like I can do. The opportunity to play music for GH was an offer I couldn't refuse. I love playing music and the combo of playing for kids makes for unforgettable sessions. I also have a passion for film production, so being able to create for a space I so deeply cherish has been a real honor.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I've enjoyed collaborating with the creatives at Watershed. Becky Santoro was the genius behind creating the GH band, which has been some of my favorite Sunday mornings at Watershed, especially when we would sing Shake It Off by Taylor Swift for the GH kids. And I've loved working with the amazingly talented Taryn Hofert and Austin Smith to create visual concepts to show for the Christmas series the last two years. I love getting to bring forth my passions such as kids, music, and video, and mesh it with my other passion of connectivity with people. It's great when a community celebrates everyones difference and talents, and allows them to bring anything to the table. I feel like Watershed provides a space where people at any age are able to bring their dreams and ideas forward. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Bonding.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

My perfect day in Charlotte. Hmm. It would definitely be a Sunday, my boyfriend, Seth, would have to be in town. We'd wake up, go to a Power Flow class at Yoga One, followed by a recharging breakfast of Rico's Acai Bowls (Rainbow Bowl with double Nutella is my go to.) Next, we'd hit the second service of Watershed, get some BOGO sushi at Akahana after service, and discuss the message we just heard over California rolls and Veggie rolls. After that, I'd love to go on a bike ride, long board, or walk around Freedom Park for a few hours (ask a friend to let us borrow a dog?) all the while trying to look as disgustingly cute and lovey as we can (because we're that couple.) To top the day off, I'd love to start a bonfire back at the house while the sun is going down, and enjoy the flames as the night rolls in. I'd definitely want a home cooked meal for dinner, probably opt for tofu tacos or a veggie burger with sweet potato fries. I could invite some friends over to hang, play some music, eat, drink, and talk. Or I could kick everyone out and just enjoy a movie night with Seth. If this perfect day happens to be anytime between April and May 2019, we'd probably be watching Game of Thrones.

All in all, my perfect day would have to include Seth, people I love, some outside time, yoga, decent food, and maybe a dog.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DESMOND SMITH because…

Over the last few years, he's been one of my favorite faces to see on a Sunday morning. And funny enough, he's always doing something different. Whether he's on stage slappin’ bass, in the back running sound, or greeting people, he always puts a smile on my face and has the best sense of humor. He's such an active and valuable person in the Watershed community, and I admire his ability to always make me feel seen.

Volunteer Friday #45

Volunteer Friday #45

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Becca!

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BECCA WORTHINGTON

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse Willows Volunteer

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

Out of the most selfish motivation possible, I have always volunteered at the nursery in whatever church I've been a member of, because it's a scientific fact that kid cuddles are a cure for absolutely everything.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I usually volunteer with the Willows because PreK kids say the most wonderfully inappropriate things and make the weirdest and most disgusting food combinations with the play kitchen that I then get to fake-eat. But I actually think my favorite Greenhouse moment was one week when I was having a particularly rough personal time and felt I couldn't sit through the service, I walked tearfully into the back hallway on a day that I wasn't scheduled to serve and asked Becky, "Do you happen to need any extra help today?" She looked at me and touched my hand gently and said, "Do you need me to need extra help today?" I nodded yes, and she squeezed my hand and said, "I think we need extra help with the babies." I went gratefully into the baby room, and one of them began to cry from its seat, so I unbuckled him and picked him up and began singing softly to him and walking the room. He hushed almost instantly and fell asleep on my neck and slept there, breathing peacefully, for the entire service. It was literally the most healing thing I've ever experienced in my life.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Creative.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

I have my literal dream job as the lead children's librarian at ImaginOn, so honestly, as dorky as this sounds, my perfect day would be spent at work. Preferably on a day when I have multiple programs, like baby storytime and family storytime. And a puppet show. And an elementary school program building fairy houses. And then I'd spend the afternoon on a mountaintop cliff, so close to the edge that my feet are dangling off, running lines for whatever play I'm lucky enough to be acting in at the moment. Aaaaand let's be honest, if it's a truly perfect day there will be burritos.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE GINNIE HINKLE... because she's been in my Her: Grow bloc for years and has an incredibly talented creative mind (and awesome hair).

Volunteer Friday #44

Volunteer Friday #44

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Cheryl!

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Cheryl Bohlin

Volunteer Area(s): 

I have volunteered and led in Greenhouse (mostly in Seedlings).  I've also tutored at both Byers and Shamrock Gardens for several years.

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

In both areas it is in part because I really enjoy kids!  Their wonder, excitement, and vantage is a wonderful juxtaposition to my work-a-day world in banking.

I chose to turor to help open up the world of reading.  A couple years in, though, I ended up with a scholar who had a greater need in math.  That was then my focus for a couple years.  As a math major and an analyst it has been fun to help kids see the "puzzle" in equations and to wrap thier heads around it all.Desire to be a positive impact, to be in relationship with people.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Last year, as we entered the Spring semester, my scholar had something click into place around 2nd grade math.  She quickly went from dreading it all to wanting to show off and work as many problems as she could.  Fantastic!

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Acceptance.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Coffee and a morning chat with a friend, some time outdoors at Freedom park, a creative pursuit for a couple hours, and then a fire pit with friends.


NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED T0 NOMINATE JEREMY EDWARDS because of his natural ability to connect with people.

Volunteer Friday #43

Volunteer Friday #43

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Clay!

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Clay Barlow

Volunteer Area(s): 

Bloc Co-Leader, Set-Up Team

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

Desire to be a positive impact, to be in relationship with people.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Hosting the social before the showing of The Heretic movie.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Acceptance.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A relaxing day spending time with my wife.


NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED T0 CHERYL BOHLIN because of her natural ability to connect with people.

Volunteer Friday #42

Volunteer Friday #42

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet John!

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John Nance

Volunteer Area(s): 

Cafe/Welcome

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Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

This area allows me to meet and great as many people as possible on any given Sunday.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I value all of the smiles, hugs, handshakes, and greetings each Sunday.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Exemplary.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A long run on the greenway followed by a great meal at one of Charlotte’s many great restaurants. 

NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE CLAY BARLOW!

Volunteer Friday #41

Volunteer Friday #41

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Tierra!

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Tierra Kirkland

Volunteer Area(s): 

GreenHouse

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I was looking for a way to get involved in church, so my cousin Levon told me about GreenHouse and working with the kids, so I decided to volunteer!

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Just seeing the kiddos have fun and grow individually.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Diverse!

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A perfect day for me in Charlotte is sitting on the porch with some beautiful weather enjoying the company of my awesome friends!!



NEXT I WOULD LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE JOHN NANCE BECAUSE HE’S AN AWESOME INDIVIDUAL!

Volunteer Friday #40

Volunteer Friday #40

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Levon!

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Levon Edwards

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I chose to volunteer in Greenhouse because ilove working with children. I worked the field of education, and believed that God gave me that gift of being a great teacher for children and wanted to extend that beyond the traditional classroom. 

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

One of my favorite moments as a volunteer has been seeing the growth of the children we serve. Seeing the love and understanding they have for God. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Love.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

My perfect day would be 70 degrees weather, walking or bike riding, lunch in the park. Enjoying life and enjoying time with love ones.

Next I would like Watershed to feature TIERRA KIRKLAND BECAUSE SHE IS A SELFLESS PERSON WHO GIVES TO THE WATERSHED COMMUNITY UNCONDITIONALLY.

Volunteer Friday #39

Volunteer Friday #39

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Oliver!

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Oliver Manalac

Volunteer Area(s): 

Production Team, Kindred Bloc, Relationality Bloc (recently retired)

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I've come to realize that in order to continue growing in my faith and spirituality, I needed to work on my "living in community with others".  Therefore, even though I am very much an introvert and an individualist (#4 in the Enneagram), I volunteer to get out of my comfort zone and, ultimately, deepen my relationship with God.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Seeing how Watershed community has reciprocated in kind, especially towards the Kindred Bloc. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Unconditional.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Really just lounging and piddling around with my husband Mark.

Next I would like Watershed to feature Levon Edwards because in the time I've gotten to know him--particularly in the Kindred Bloc--he has continued to lean into the community and make a difference within it.

Volunteer Friday #38

Volunteer Friday #38

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Jeffrey!

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Jeffrey Smith

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse Maples Teacher

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I began volunteering at Watershed with the Cafe Team over at our Plaza Midwood location, shortly after I joined “Diggers”. I think my original reason for taking part in these areas was to break out of my shell and try to get to know more folks within the Watershed Community. I tend to be a bit socially introverted and thought this would be the easiest way to do so.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I think my favorite moments being a Greenhouse Volunteer have been just watching the children grow. I’ve hopped around the rooms and cared for two year old’s all the way up to five year olds. I have also been surprised to have parents recognize me and tell me stories of their children mentioning me and other volunteers during their week away from the church. I often see some of our kids while I’m at work, since I’m in a mall all day, and it’s a great feeling when the family recognizes you and stops for a chat and a hug.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Safe.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

The perfect day in Charlotte is waking up late, going out for brunch and finding a movie theater to watch a film with a close friend or love ones. 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE OLIVER MANALAC WHO SERVES ON THE PRODUCTION TEAM!

Volunteer Friday #37

Volunteer Friday #37

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet David!

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DAVID AVALOS

Volunteer Area(s): 

Greenhouse Ferns Lead Teacher, Bloc Leader, Guatemala Discovery Trip 2016

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

GreenHouse is where God led me. I showed up to Watershed one Sunday and was introduced to Co-Pastor Matt. The following week I returned and Matt remembered me and asked me to serve in GreenHouse. I remember thinking, "Okay, anywhere but the 2 year olds." The following week I was introduced to former children's pastor Nate George, and was told I was going to be a Sprouts volunteer (Yes, the 2 year olds!). God has a wonderful sense of humor. He doesn't always give us what we want, but he always knows what we need. I fell in love with the Sprouts room and have been volunteering in there for the last 5 years. Being able to see these kids grow up in an environment where we plant the seed of God's Love and we see it nurtured over the years.  I've seen a lot of transition in Watershed and in GreenHouse. Not just the physical locations, but within the community itself.

I was in two Charlotte Blocs before I decided to form my own Bloc in Mount Holly. I enjoyed my Blocs, but it was always so difficult to travel all the to Charlotte. When I found out there were many Watershed folks living in Gaston County, I decided why not. It has been a wonderful experience, and I hope my Bloc members feel the same.

I went on a mission trip to Haiti in 2011. I had such a wonderful, humbling experience that I knew I wanted to do it again. Going to Guatemala reminded me so much of my father's home town in Mexico, it was amazing. Being able to serve as a translator was an added bonus. I wold love to return perhaps in a different capacity. Because of my training as a registered nurse, I have a desire to participate in medical missions.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

I have many moments that I can say are my favorite and it is because they all give me a sense of accomplishment, a sense of pride. All my favorite moments center around the same emotion. Many times we have had some kids that are not so excited about being dropped off in Greenhouse. Several times I have had different kids see that I was the "Teacher" for the day and they stopped giving their parents a hard time and came in to give me a hug. This give me a sense of accomplishment, almost like a sense of purpose. I was put in here for a reason.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Inclusive.

An inclusive community: Does everything that it can to respect all its members, gives them full access to resources, and promotes equal treatment and opportunity. Works to eliminate all forms of discrimination. Engages all its members in decision-making processes that affect their lives. Values diversity.

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Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Attend first service at Watershed. Volunteer in Ferns during second service. Go have lunch with Watershed friends. Spend the rest of the day with Jeff and our dogs Luna and Frankie.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE JEFFREY SMITH... BECAUSE I INVITED JEFFREY TO WATERSHED AS MY FRIEND. HE BEGAN ATTENDING REGULARLY AND WE ENTERED INTO A RELATIONSHIP SHORTLY AFTER. I HAVE SEEN JEFFREY GROW SPIRITUALLY AND MATURE IN HIS FAITH. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR HOW HE ANSWERS THE SAME QUESTIONS I JUST DID! 

Volunteer Friday #36

Volunteer Friday #36

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Mark!

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MARK SMITH

Volunteer Area(s): 

Kindred Bloc, Production/Media Team

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

It was a long-time goal to give a voice to our LGBTQ community within our church community and we were able to begin doing that two years ago through Kindred. As for the Production Team... when you work the slides and cameras, Scott and Matt answer to you! :)

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

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August 2018 will be our second year for Kindred to have a booth at the Charlotte Pride Festival representing Watershed. While I am extremely proud to give our LGBTQ community a voice in our church community, it is even more meaningful when I get to reverse that and take our church community to our LGBTQ community. After years of struggling with acceptance and faith, it's an awesome thing to be able to share the message of God's love from Watershed's unique perspective and tell others, who may have the same struggles, about our open, accepting, and loving church community.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Open-mindedness.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Tailgating for a Panthers game on a Fall day with my spouse Oliver and good friends along with mimosas, local brews, and cooking out. 

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE DAVID AVALOS... BECAUSE THIS SHOULD NOT END UNTIL EVERYONE IN GREENHOUSE IS FEATURED!

Volunteer Friday #35

Volunteer Friday #35

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Eric!

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ERIC BLOUGH

Volunteer Area(s): 

Started in GreenHouse and now in Middle School Bloc

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

Started to be involved with my son and the kids in our community. 

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

With kids, you never know what happens so most are funny moments that you don't see coming and the smiles on the kids. 

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Kindness.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

A Sunday morning when I teach MSB, then off to play soccer with my Sunday soccer family, finished off with a cold beer.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE MARK SMITH... BECAUSE HE VOLUNTEERS IN A FEW AREA AT THE SAME TIME. 

Volunteer Friday #34

Volunteer Friday #34

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Will!

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WILL RICE

Volunteer Area(s): 

GreenHouse Diggers/Maples

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

My wife volunteers in there and I get to spend time with her while she is volunteering when I volunteer with her.

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

One weekend my wife was out of town, so I was volunteering without her. This one little girl, who I was pretty sure didn't know my name, came up to me when she got dropped off and said "Hello, Mr Will."  She is one of our favorite kids, and to have her know my name was pretty awesome.  then she looked around and asked "Where's Ms Hannah?" I started cracking up and couldn't wait to tell my wife that not only did this kid know who we were but somehow she knew we were together... or something. To this day that kid is one of our favorites and she always seems happy to see us and that makes us always glad we came to volunteer.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Unconventional. 

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Wake up kind of late. Breakfast on the back porch watching the birds. A bit of yard work or some other project around the house. Head off for some mountain biking or wakeboarding somewhere.  Or orienteering. Back home early afternoon. Nap on the couch or in a hammock. Mojitoes or margaritas in the afternoon watching and waving at cars on our street. Steak and potatoes for dinner.    

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE ERIC BLOUGH... BECAUSE THE KIDS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL SEEM TO REALLY LIKE HIM AND GET HIM. 

Volunteer Friday #33

Volunteer Friday #33

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Wyatt!

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WYATT CROMER

Volunteer Area(s): 

Band

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area(s)? 

I love to play the drums, I love playing with other musicians and I love doing both of those things at church. I also love to see God work in others both in the message and lyrics of music, as well as the melody and beat of the music itself. 

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What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

My favorite moments as a volunteer are during the unexpected times. For example, I might feel encouraged with anticipation about a song that the band is going to play on a given Sunday. At first, I may think, “What a great song this is going to be! This song could really speak to others and is especially relevant to this week’s series and message!” During the Sunday when I’m actually playing, I end up getting hit with the whole core of the song like a ton of bricks.

I feel like my expectation about what I thought the moment of that song “was supposed to be like” on Sunday resulted in a dramatically different outcome. Instead of the song impacting only somebody else in a meaningful way, it ended up additionally impacting me in ways that I wasn’t able to see until I finally played the song that 100th time.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Family.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

Anything that involves family, friends, free food and fellowship.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE WILL RICE. 

Volunteer Friday #32

Volunteer Friday #32

Every other Friday we take a moment to introduce you to someone in our community who serves in one or more of Watershed's many volunteer areas: GreenHouse/Shed StudentsSunday TeamsCatapultBloc Leading, etc. The featured volunteer will then select someone he/she would like to see highlighted next.

This week, meet Vangie!

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VANGIE WHITLEY

Volunteer Area(s): 

Seedlings - Babies/Toddlers

Why did you choose to volunteer in your area? 

Life is hectic. I always have a to-do list and no matter how much I do the list never seems to get shorter. I have an ailing elderly parent in assisted living that requires a lot of my time and I never really know when I’ll get a call needing me. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized I have very little control over things that I deal with on a daily basis and being flexible with my time is a must. It’s chaotic, unpredictable and extremely stressful, but nothing more than what everyone else dealing with elderly parents do.

For me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than holding a baby, their innocent little eyes looking right up at you and the sweetest little smile on their face. It’s calming, rejuvenating and always makes me smile. I love children and just being around them. This is a needed service for parents to have an opportunity to continue their spiritual journey and I’m happy to help make that possible. (I know everyone is thinking, "But what about when that sweet little angel isn’t very happy and the crying can be heard throughout the church?" Well that’s when love and patience takes over and again, you just have to smile!)

What has been one of your favorite moments as a volunteer? 

Sitting on the nursery room floor with 3 littles ones sitting on me and we’re all smiling and playing.

If you could use only one word to describe our Watershed community, what would it be? 

Welcoming.

Describe your perfect day in Charlotte: 

The day begins without a to-do list, my mother is doing well and there’s no place I have to be. It would be springtime, my favorite season when everything is new and blooming, just minus the pollen! I can put a smile on the face of someone along the way, there’s time to play with Rudi, my Westie, and time to share the sunset and a glass of wine with my partner Cindy.

 

NEXT I'D LIKE WATERSHED TO FEATURE WYATT CROMER BECAUSE... HIS MUSIC AND VOICE ALWAYS TOUCHES ME SPIRITUALLY.