Jan R. and Steve R. were active Methodists when they lived in Alabama. They found Old First several years ago when their daughter — at whose wedding Pastor Michael later officiated — came to the area to attend college. They appreciate the congregation’s outreach mission and are involved in the Saturday morning breakfast and cupboard. After settling in the Art Museum area, they invited neighbors in their building, Bob G. and Paula G., to Old First. The happy outcome of that invitation is that the four of them joined the church together in December.
Jan believes that Old First’s commitment to outreach — exemplified in the winter shelter for homeless men — is the kind of service in which all churches should be engaged. One of her first experiences here was attending a Lenten gathering and she looks forward to supporting this year’s meetings.
Steve believes that the warm, friendly welcome he experienced here is the kind of hospitality all churches should offer. He enjoys the fact that he quickly had his own Old First name tag.