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Matthew Lothery

When my dad told me in mid-March that we were going to attend Vernon Hills on Easter, I experienced this unusually strong desire, that seemed to be from the Lord, to join that congregation and serve. Worshipping there on April 4 only increased that desire. It was awesome! So, I spoke with Pastor Tom Yoon about ways I could be involved. He was so kind and helpful. He said I could greet and perhaps assist with technology. He even mentioned the need for an electric guitar player. I started greeting right away, but I was hesitant about guitar because I have only ever played acoustic, and I don’t even own an electric one. But Pastor Tom and Pastor Tae have been so encouraging, letting me use an electric and an amp to practice, giving me instruction, so that I will be able to join the worship band in the future. Pastor Tom also invited me to join the young adult LIFE Group and participate in the demolition day. After four weeks, the congregation already feels like family! Everyone I have met is so warm, welcoming, and friendly. I am so grateful to the Lord for how he has provided such encouraging pastors, loving people, and a great place at Vernon Hills. God is so faithful, and I am excited to see what he will do through this new Gospel work!