Living God's Word
----Sharing Christ's Love
Welcome to the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church
We are a progressive church with a warm and loving congregation. You are invited to visit our Sunday morning worship service. (childcare and/or Sunday School for children of all ages provided during worship) Thank you for visiting our website and we hope to see you in church soon!
Blessings and peace,
Brad Walston --pastor
“…where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need.”
Brad Walston: Pastor. I have to admit, I’m not used to that. I have been many things in my life, but “Pastor” is a new and miraculous label for someone like me. You see, I spent most of my life looking for something. I’m not sure that I could tell you specifically what it was that I was looking for, but I can tell you what it was not. I was not looking to become the pastor of a church. I was certainly not looking to be a youth leader, or a teacher, or anything that had to do with kids in any way, shape, or form. If you had told me ten years ago that I would be any of these things I would have scoffed, “I don’t even like kids!” Turns out it was kids that turned my life into what it is today, and what it is, is a miracle.
Alcoholic, addict, junkie, drunk, whatever word you use to describe that guy, self-medicating, living job to job (if he can get one) with no direction or desires – that was me. It wasn’t that I was raised badly or had a difficult childhood or anything like that. I came from a rather ordinary middle class suburban family, sang in the choir in the local Methodist church, preferred music to sports, and generally had a pretty good childhood. But still, I was looking for something. Unfortunately, I became convinced that I had found what I was looking for in alcohol and street drugs. They made me smarter and funnier. They made me not care what other people thought of me. They made my daily grind seem like less of a grind. I had many jobs, from dance teacher, to waiter, to bartender (I especially liked that one!), but they were all just jobs. The fact that I had no career, no vocation, contributed to that personal vortex of self-destruction that is the essence of addiction. After all, why bother if all one is ever going to do is go to work day after day after day with no reward, no satisfaction? Might as well just forget about your miserable existence and have a drink or something, because that was all it was – an existence.
It’s a longer story than I have room for here, and more of it will come out as we get to know each other, but eventually I sobered up. That’s the miracle part - more on that later. In a nutshell, I sobered up, finished my bachelor’s degree on the 45-year plan, found a church, and volunteered to fill in as substitute chaperone for youth group. That was it. I found it.
Author and theologian Frederick Buechner said, “Vocation is the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need.” I had found my vocation. Working in the church made me realize that my vocation is people. We are all children of God. I love sharing my experience, strength, and hope with children of all ages, and that is where my deep gladness and the world’s great need meet.
Sharen Kurtz, Church Secretary – Tues & Fri 9:30am to 12:30pm
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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