Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Teamwork is about being humble enough to admit you can’t do it alone, but strong enough to do your part of the job. For this week’s Volunteer Spotlight, we will be getting to know a team, a duo actually: Douglas and Suzy Menck. This power couple is heavily involved in Real Life Church, better known for their talents in the tech booth on Sunday mornings. Each week, their teamwork ensures a wonderful worship experience for churchgoers at RLC. However, there is a lot more to the Mencks than their tech savvy ways.
Originally from Michigan, the Mencks moved after Douglas invested 25 years in a job at GM Motors. After much prayer, they felt the Lord leading them to Kentucky, a move that they believe granted them their hearts’ desire. Douglas accepted a job in IT at Fruit of the Loom. Suzy, who led puppet teams, chose to follow her artistic calling and put her Studio Art degree to use. She is now a self-employed artist, a talent RLC has the privilege of enjoying. She currently leads a small group for women called “Splash of Color” that encourages listening to God through the art of watercolor.
When the Mencks first visited Real Life Church, “We were looking for a safe place to worship, and be refreshed after getting burned out and used up at another church. During our first day at RLC, we experienced such freedom to worship and the presence of God was so strong, we were hooked.” Douglas also added that Pastor Brandon made the visit complete for them: “RLC has been a breath of fresh air for both of us. We have served at 5 or more different churches over many years in different cities, and have never met anyone like Pastor Brandon. His vision of the Lord’s Body (the church) and His commitment to fulfilling that vision have placed him in the top 1% of ARC (Association of Related Churches) church planters.” The Mencks wanted to be a part of that vision and before long, they noticed a need in the Tech Department. Now, Douglas and Suzy both serve in that area: Douglas focuses on the audio and technical aspects, while Suzy focuses on the aesthetics, running projection and coordinating lights. Together, they lead the technical team that creates a successful Sunday morning at RLC.
But why Tech? “It began over 20 years ago to fill a need, and it grew from there. As new technology came along, [we]learned how to use it to enhance the worship experience.” In the beginning, Douglas would run sound when Suzy was on the worship team, but over the course of the twenty years, they both have worked in various aspects of Tech. “We serve wherever our gifts are needed and we both like technology.”
In addition to filling a need in the technology area of RLC, “We direct the Healing Rooms Ministry at RLC. This group of believing believers meets Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 PM to pray with anyone who shows up for personal healing.” This ministry focuses on believing that God is truly “the same yesterday, today, and forever…Every believer is given the ability to reach out to God for themselves and others, and receive miracles of healing in every area of [their] lives.”
To Douglas, one of the best rewards in serving at Real Life Church is watching someone discover their own hidden talents, and then watching how they use those talents to glorify God. To Suzy, she believes the best reward is just being a part of the bigger picture: “I like to think of serving at RLC as helping to make the worship experience complete, and in doing so, I am complete as well.”
Without these two, Real Life Church would not have the unique and personal worship experience we all have on Sundays. Nor would there be a ministry called Healing Rooms, and there certainly would be no Splash of Color. Grab an idea from last week’s Volunteer Spotlight and show these two some appreciation for all that they do.
Thank you, Douglas and Suzy!
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