Plymouth Park UMC Staff Blog

May 8, 2017: New Beginnings, and a Chance to Grow in Community

May 8, 2017

Katrina Culberson

New Youth Director

Katrina CulbersonI am so excited to join the Plymouth Park family as director of youth ministry! My fiancé, Joshua, and I have felt welcomed from our first steps in the church. Even in my short month on staff, it is so easy to feel at home and get excited about all of the wonderful ministry and relationships ahead.

Community has always been a sacred entity in ministry for me. There will always be something comforting about finding people who make you feel at home just by being present and doing life with you. In fact, it was my passion for helping young people to find acceptance, love, and community that led me to discover my call to ministry and want to attend seminary.

There are so many difficulties that we face in life (identity, broken relationships, sexuality, financial hardships), and they make it easy to feel separated, alone, or forgotten. For me, this is one of the many reasons ministry is for each and every one of us. Ministering to others is not only a job for clergy or church staff; it is about using our God-given gifts to help others find their place in the world, making it better for all of us. Showing love to others is a super power we all possess that makes us the living, breathing church everywhere we go!

I am so thankful to have found a church that so beautifully embraces the mission Jesus set before us of truly loving every neighbor in a way that they are sure to know a love bigger than ours.

As the newest staff member I’m thoroughly enjoying getting to know all my new partners in ministry! In all my years of youth group, I actually never had a youth director or got to attend a mission trip, so bringing those things to students is a huge passion of mine. I love getting to live life with students and, especially, traveling to new places with new faces and showing love to folks we have never met.

Mission opportunities near and far are also important to us here at Plymouth Park. Coming up on May 7, we will gather here at the church at 5:00 p.m. with our community to “Feed Our Neighbors, Feed the World.” Partnering with Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), we will package 20,000 meals to feed hungry families and schoolchildren in other countries. What a great way to enjoy fellowship and a meal together while giving to those in need!

And later this summer, the youth will be traveling to Houston and South Dallas for mission trips to minister to those communities. We are thankful for all of our volunteers and financial support through stock sales that enable us to offer these wonderful service opportunities to our youth.

Faith is a wonderful journey of surviving challenges and supporting each other in all that comes our way. The apostle Paul gave this advice to the church in Ephesus: “Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness and patience. Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together.” (Ephesians 4:2–3 CEB)

Surely he would be proud of the way we are coming to know Christ and make Christ known!

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Micah 6:8

...what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?