Meet Some People

 

Alison G.

Your general interests/hobbies: Music, especially singing and piano; helping my husband with his photography business; planning and taking road trips; “light” hiking; calligraphy; cross stitch

Occupation: Administrator for a music conservatory

Favorite aspect of the church community: I grew up in this church, and one of my favorite aspects of it is that it is a place where a person can grow up, and grow in spiritual maturity at every stage of their lives. Everyone is welcomed as a member of the church family, whether you have been a part of this church for 7 days or 70 years.

Favorite music: Cape-Breton-style fiddle; classical

Favorite bible verse: Philippians 4:4-7; “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I had been a Christian for more than 15 years when I finally realized, with amazement, that I had been completely missing what these words could mean for my life:

I never have to worry; all I have to do is pray. This does not mean that my life will have no concerns, but it does mean that I do not have to bear the burden of worry, since God is in control of my life…and He has proved over and over that He will give His peace to those who trust in Him.

Age: Mid-thirties

Languages Spoken: Italian



Michael E.

Interests include spending time with my family, indoor rock climbing, computer games, and watching Patriots games with my friends. Also organizing events like whiffle ball games and paintball for the guys at the church is something I love to do.

Occupation: Product manager for a high tech company

The church community is a core part of my life, but it is especially meaningful now as my kids are growing up and learning about how much God loves them

My favorite style of music is pop ballads (think U2 “with or without you”), and my favorite bands are Jars of Clay and Caedmon’s Call. I’m also a big fan of contemporary praise music.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Age: Mid-thirties

Languages spoken: English only

As a kid I bounced around from one church to another, but I never made any connection with God. When I came to FBC Stoneham about 18 years ago, God began to work in my heart and I began to recognize that the most important thing of all was a personal relationship with Him. I am far from perfect, in fact I fail to meet God’s standard every day of my life. But God knows my failings and my weakness, and still welcomes me with open arms because Jesus died for me on the cross.



Jaimie R.

Your general interests/hobbies: Singing, spending time with my husband/family/good friends, going for a walk/run outdoors, my dog Eli, watching thunderstorms from my porch, entertaining/hanging out with friends, going out to eat in and around Boston, trying new foods (nothing with cilantro though, please), cartoons, theological conversations, hiking and day-packing, picnics, reading memoirs, laughing and being silly, barbeques…

Occupation: Property Management

Favorite aspect of the church community: the music, the kids, times of fellowship over breakfast/barbeque, Christmas Eve services

Favorite music: Derek webb, Sandra mccracken, etta james, Caedmon’s Call, mindy smith, jars of clay, casting crowns, coldplay, Nicole nordeman, a lot of random artists, anyone who attempts to update old hymns, Christian rock, classic rock, folk rock, blues, soul, a little R&B, anything with an acoustic guitar, nothing that’s over-played…

Favorite bible verse: I can’t pick a favorite, but Ezekiel 18 31-32 has been popping in my head lately.

Age: Twenties

Languages spoken: a little Italian, but it fades from memory more and more each year…



Kris R.

Your general interests/hobbies: I love to attend and act in community theater. My perennial garden is my sanctuary. I also enjoy reading (especially fiction), as well as crafting.

Occupation: I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist. I worked at the Perkins School for the Blind for 7 years, and I now work for the Burlington Public Schools, in 3 of their elementary schools.

Favorite aspect of the church community: I love knowing and spending time with people of all ages and backgrounds…people I probably wouldn’t know otherwise. It helps to keep me in tune to the concerns, needs and joys of people from all walks of life, and to worship God through service to others.

Favorite music : I have pretty eclectic taste in music – from show tunes, to folksy, acoustic-based music, to more popular music like U2. However, my favorite music is performed by the FBC Praise Band – they are so good, and very inspiring.

Favorite bible verse: Psalm 8, 3-5: “When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places—What is man or woman, that you think of them, mere humans, that you care for them? Yet you made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honor.” One of the things that I love about church worship is the intellectual and spiritual stimulation that it provides. God’s grace allows us time in life to consider His wonderful creation, and our place and purpose in it. My church provides me with these opportunities, as well as encouragement, every week.

Age: Late thirties

Languages spoken: Spanish and a bit of American Sign Language

I have a passion for Christian Education, especially with younger kids. I hear God teaching me with every lesson I prepare – reminding me of the foundation truth – that God created us in order to love us, and He helps us to do what He wants us to do. We have a friendly, fun group of parents at FBC, some who are new to church, and some who have grown up here. Through God’s grace, our programs are growing, and we are very interested in reaching out to all families, with God’s love and in his service.



Norm N.

Interests past and present: Being companion to people in their walk with God, teaching Bible, fostering spiritual development, hiking, canoeing, fine woodwork, musical instrument making, playing with grandchildren.

Occupation: Engineer in a high tech company

Watching God’s life play out in people of diverse personalities, ages, cultures, backgrounds, and levels of spiritual maturity.

Favorite Music: Love a variety of music from Brazilian Contemporary Christian to Bach and Tallis

Guided by: Phil 3: 7-11 “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Decades ago military obligations overshadowed every goal I might have adopted for my life. War threatened to take my very life itself. I found in Paul’s expression of his purpose something that I could grasp onto and aim my life towards. In whatever circumstance I’d encounter, here was a goal that death itself could not deny me and would in fact deliver to me in a measure that mortal life could not.—That I might know Jesus in a deepening, increasingly intimate, personal relationship that would be the central object of my life. It has been my goal and growing desire all the years since that time.

Grandfather of five

Languages: Student of 2 dabbled in 5, Learning Brazilian Portuguese, fluent only in English.

Though I am mostly an introvert, I love to meet people and hear the stories of their relationship with God. Nothing brings home to me more clearly what God is like, His greatness and majesty, His wisdom, power and love, than seeing the way He interacts with all kinds of people.