My family just celebrated our first anniversary as DeWitt residents on Sept 18th. That was a special day to be finally living in the community where we planted Cornerstone Baptist Church DeWitt three years previously.
It has been a great year. We are very thankful for the transition our two youngest children have experienced from North Scott to Central DeWitt schools. Teachers, administration, parents and students went out of their way to welcome our kids and help them to get connected. That “outreach” has helped our family feel even more accepted and welcome. We all know that when people bless our kids they are also blessing the parents.
Going out of our way to welcome new people is really one of the most important things we all can do, whether it be to guests coming to your church for the first time or customers walking into your business or new families moving into the community. Being good at welcoming others translates into new church members or returning customers or families that will choose to raise their kids and grand-kids here.
My family’s transition wasn’t as difficult as others that move into our community. Some are coming from out of state. Some are coming from different socioeconomic situations. Some are coming from more dangerous environments where it wasn’t safe walking down main street. For some it will take time for them to lower their guard and feel comfortable in this safer environment. May we continue to excel at welcoming new people into our wonderful community so they can experience all that DeWitt has to offer.
May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2018.
Mark Zevenbergen- Campus Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church Dewitt