Week 3: "Rhythms" - R & R (Rest and Redemption)

Lessons:
Exodus 20:8-11  Revelation 19:1-5   Luke 10:38-42

How do you live out your faith at work?

This past Sunday was the final installment of our sermon series 'Faith at Work," we hope you enjoyed this weekly feature about Holy Cross parishioners and how they live out their 'Faith at Work."  Our last interview is with Alan & Sandy Brown.

1. What is your name and where do you live (town)?
Alan and Sandy Brown. We live on James Island in the Riverland Terrace neighborhood.

2. What is your occupation?
Sandy and I are both retired. I spent my whole career in the automotive engineering industry and Sandy devoted her career to dentistry.

3. How did you feel led to your current occupation?
Through prayer we have both relied upon God to direct us, and thus to help provide us with the best judgment with respect to our retirement plans and future life.

4. How do you see your occupation as an opportunity to serve the Lord?
We are finding retirement provides us with far greater opportunities to devote more time to daily devotion, reading scriptures and regular communication with the Lord. We found this far more difficult when we were both working and had to deal with the many distractions of our different workplaces.  

5. What is tough about serving the Lord in this way?
Like everyone else in the world we face hardships in life, but ours can be different because of our desire to please God. We are continually aware that Satan is active, and he is patient in his work to disrupt our spiritual convictions. He wants our loyalty and will do everything in his power to draw us away from Christ: “Be clear-minded and alert. Your opponent, the Devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil uses our family and friends, society, and even government, to test our faith.

6. What do you find most rewarding about it?
We are discovering that this new stage in our lives is creating more time for “giving back”. We both feel very blessed with good health, a wonderful family, and a beautiful home, and we feel the need to help others and to share the Gospel. We plan on dedicating more time to church activities (e.g. I‘On expansion), participating in mission work and generally reaching out to those who are in need, and require help and support.

7. How can we as a church pray for you as you seek to live out your ‘faith at work’?
As we encounter difficult times in our efforts to serve the Lord, please pray for us both to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit, and to increase in our faith, and in our knowledge of God's Word.


Week 2: "Responsibilities"  - Character Matters

Lessons:
Proverbs 6:6-15    Titus 2:9-14    Mark 12:28-34

How do you live out your faith at work?

As we continue our sermon series 'Faith at Work," we hope you are enjoying this weekly feature about Holy Cross parishioners about how they live out their 'Faith at Work."  This week we interview David Theobald (pictured with his daughter Emerson).

1. What is your name and where do you live (town)?
David Theobald, Daniel Island

2. What is your occupation?
Chiropractor

3. How did you feel led to your current occupation?
Actually, I stumbled upon my profession. I had no real direction at the time and becoming a Chiropractor was suggested to me by a family friend.  It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was not until my third or fourth year in practice that I felt like the Lord had his hand in my decision. I was on a men's hike and we were supposed to be in silent prayer for an hour, praying about our name. Instead, my mind wandered and I asked God what I was supposed to be doing with my life. As I pushed myself up a serious incline, I turned to my left and and saw a huge tree trunk that someone had carved the initials D.C. This, in my mind, stood for Doctor of Chiropractic, my title. I panned to the right and saw the most crooked tree I had ever seen. I felt like God was telling me I was doing his work and that I needed to be His servant. For the first time in my life I felt as if I had a real purpose.

4. How do you see your occupation as an opportunity to serve the Lord?
I feel like God can use me and my training to heal others, to make them more comfortable, and thus, their life a bit better. In the midst of my journey, the idea that I should say a silent prayer over my clients as I care for them was revealed. I try to pray over each client I care for. When I do this, I'm left withfeeling that God's presence is in the room with me, using me to provide comfort for His children.

5. What is tough about serving the Lord in this way?
The thing that makes it tough is the everyday static that can interfere with connecting to God; things like reports, bills, employees, and collections. Sometimes, worries creep in and I forget to pray for people. When this happens I am left with an empty feeling, like I am on the path alone and I need to reconnect with our Father.

6. What do you find most rewarding about it?
I find it extremely rewarding to know that someone's day is a bit better after leaving my office. It is a great feeling to know that I was able to say a silent prayer for someone. This person may not be in any setting in which they would have the opportunity to be prayed for.

7. How can we as a church pray for you as you seek to live out your ‘faith at work’?
Please pray that I can have unwavering faith that God will continue to provide for my family and I. So, I can be free and bold to introduce His light into the lives of the people that I care for.


Week 1: "Roles" -  In the beginning God created work

Lessons:
Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-23     2 Thessalonians 3:6-13     Matthew 25:14-30

How do you live out your faith at work?

During our sermon series 'Faith at Work," each week we will feature Holy Cross parishioners, all of whom have differing work roles, about how they live out their 'Faith at Work."  Our first is with Emily Funcik, pictured above with her son Caleb and husband Bobby.

1. What is your name and where do you live (town)?
Emily Funcik, Mt. Pleasant

2. What is your occupation?
Stay-at-home mama to Caleb (9 months)

3. How did you feel led to your current occupation?
Being a mom is something I have had a desire to do for as long as I can remember.  My own mom stayed at home with me until I started school, and I really valued the time we had together and her influence in my life.  Thankfully, the Lord has made a way for me to be able to do this for my child as well by providing for our family through my husband's job.

4. How do you see your occupation as an opportunity to serve the Lord?
Being a stay-at-home mom gives me an unparalleled opportunity to share Jesus with another person.  I get to pray for Caleb daily. I get to share in the reading of Scripture with him, and speak God's truth over his life.  I also get to model God's love for Caleb (to the best of my ability) through the way I care for him, interact with my husband, and live life with others.

5. What is tough about serving the Lord in this way?
I think for me, one of the toughest parts of serving the Lord through motherhood is just believing that what I'm doing is enough.  Often it is hard to feel like I'm serving the Lord in any kind of meaningful way when all I really feel I've done is change poopy diapers all day! I have also found that being a stay-at-home mom can be somewhat isolating, which has been rather challenging.

6. What do you find most rewarding about it?
I think one of the most surprising and rewarding things about motherhood is just the very simple, loving way my child looks at me.  He looks at me with so much joy and he takes pleasure in who I am as his mama, no matter how much I feel like I may have failed that day.

7. How can we as a church pray for you as you seek to live out your ‘faith at work’?
Would you please pray for me to have wisdom in how to handle the difficult things of motherhood (like discipline) as those come up. Also, please pray for me to form (and continue forming) deep friendships with others who are at a similar place in life.