Pastor Randy Bergsma
Growing up in the military I've lived in over twenty different places from Hawaii, to Connecticut. This verse reminds me that there is a personal God in control of all things in my life including where I am and when I am. Each one of us was made on purpose by a God who loves us!
Director of Children’s Ministry & Director of Worship
"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."
-- Proverbs 25:11
This verse is vivid to me, and I like visualizing what it would look like. As I serve in the children and worship ministries at Sunrise, I realize the importance of building up all of those who serve alongside me, most of them volunteers. I highly value them, and try to communicate with them in ways which build them up, allowing them to believe they are valued by many, but mostly by their Lord and Savior. This, of course, applies to all of our children at Sunrise too!
Director of Youth Ministry & Life Group Coordinator
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -- Psalm 46:10
The events, trials, hardships and responsibilities of our lives can often be overwhelming. Psalm 46:10 encourages me to remember God’s promises. One of those promises is the assurance that God will be exalted. Nothing is too big or too overwhelming for Him. Christ has already won the battle. The extraordinary life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ allows me to “be still” and know that He is God.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”
-- Jeremiah 29:11
This verse is a great comfort to me. It is easy to get caught up worrying about what is in store, yet we have no cause to worry, because God already knows the plans He has for us. Plans that are even better than our own. I have been amazed at how this has been true in my life, and rest in the peace of His provision, instead focusing on serving my Savior where He has placed me.
Office Assistant (Special Events & Ministries Coordinator)
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. -- I Thessalonians 5:16-18
I have always loved these verses since my salvation in my mid-teens. I feel like this is what God is telling me personally what he expects of me daily. For the entire Bible tells of His promises, covenants, and His plans for me. I feel that I can take these simple verses and daily, with His help, stay in close fellowship with Him.
Kids Hope USA Director
God has encouraged me in my roles as coordinator of Children's Worship and director of Kids Hope USA to use my gifts and accept His timing. My confidence to serve children and volunteering adults in these ministries is rooted in His promise in 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." I trust God to provide.