Pastor Rebecca Hyvonen, Venetian Bay UMC
Slowly transforming the world…
As a new church start pastor, it has been exciting and terrifying at times to get to be a part of God’s work in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We began with a Cluster Group praying in the vision. Then we were 8 people praying and planning and dreaming in camping chairs in a doublewide, previous preview center in northwest New Smyrna Beach.
We now have offices and a growing day school. We worship and serve at Creekside Middle School in southwest Port Orange.
We will be five years old this July 1 . We are up to about 150 people now. Who we are is a group of committed disciples who don’t always get it right, but believe in God and people.
We continue to pray and plan and dream.
We are meeting community needs with expanding child care. We serve and embrace homeless neighbors as well as millionaires. We have both in our church.
Our Worship team wrote a song recently about how even though we are all “marred and scarred,” we are all part of the same family tree. In Christ, we are related. We are learning to never give up, to continue to reach out, to always forgive, and to continue to grow in God’s great love and grace.
Venetian Bay UMC: Where Jesus is Lord and people connect…
(Pastor Hyvonen’s testimony was first told for AC 2013’s Telling Our Stories.)
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