“We will always welcome anybody willing to serve with us!”
It’s a declaration made by a gentleman who is clad in an orange vest every Sunday morning at Real Life Church. His words carry the epitome of RLC’s mission: Everyone belongs. He is also a walking example of the attitude the church strives for: Everyone is welcomed and everyone can serve.
Originally from Wisconsin, Patrick (Pat) Klein moved to Bowling Green with his family when General Motors transferred him in 2003. Since that time, he has grown in faith and servitude; he acknowledges that everyone has a purpose and a belonging, even though he was stubborn about his own purpose at first: “…my wife, Diane, came to RLC for a visit. She came home and told me all about [it], and convinced me to join her. I was stubborn and after a few weeks, I decided to come check it out with her. First, I attended a Thursday night Prayer meeting, and soon after, I came to a worship service.” Pat soon felt God calling him to join this church, and lead the Men’s Ministry, but he continued to be stubborn for a little while longer.
However, when he did choose to follow God’s prompting, he found himself in the midst of a very rewarding experience. “There are so many rewards to serving. First of all, just knowing that I am doing what God has called me to do is probably the greatest reward. Second, seeing the smiles on the faces of people we come in contact with, knowing that today might be the day that they come to church to give their life to Jesus… Third, instilling an attitude of service in others.” Pat strives to be an example of how a servant can have fun, so that maybe others (especially young people) will also establish a lifestyle of serving Jesus.
Currently, Pat is the Men’s Ministry leader, leads the Thursday night Men’s LifeGroup, and heads up the Parking Ministry Team. “‘The guys in the orange vests’ make sure our church families and guests are not only kept safe in the parking area, but also instill a positive first impression of [RLC].” That positivity is what landed Patrick Klein in the Volunteer Spotlight for this week. Be sure to thank him for his involvement and leadership in the coming days!
If you would like more info about the Men’s Ministry, Men’s LifeGroup, or the Parking Ministry, grab Pat as you walk in on Sunday morning. He will be more than happy to find you a place!
If there is another volunteer who you believe needs some Spotlight time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.