Lancaster Evangelical Free Church

BAPTISM SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

The following is a recap video from the baptism. Below the video are the testimonies of those baptized September 18, 2016 in the creek across the street from LEFC.  

 

TEAGAN BOHN

Hi! My name is Teagan Bohn. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God. I grew up in a United Methodist Church so was baptized as a baby. I grew up going to Sunday School and church every week, and learned all the stories and rules that were important to being a good Christian girl. I viewed being a Christian as a set of rules I needed to follow, and I’ve always been good at following the rules. 10 years ago when I was a 15 year old in high school my mom invited me to go on a missions trip with her to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina relief. I was hesitant at first because it required me to miss my homecoming dance, it was with a bunch of adults who were at least 10 years older than me, and it was with the Hershey E Free Church which we didn’t attend so I didn’t know anyone. In the end I agreed to go because I thought it would be a good experience, and it would help me get my senior project requirement out of the way. I had no idea how much of a life changing experience it would me. 

While on the trip I saw and heard people talk about Jesus in a totally different way than I had ever heard before. They talked about having a relationship with Jesus. I heard people talk about how God had called them to do different things in their lives, how God led their decisions they made, and heard so many different testimonies of how accepting Jesus into their lives completely changed everything. I could see Jesus alive in this church community. He wasn’t a passive presence, there to provide rules; the Holy Spirit was active every day making miracles happen. My mom also said something on the trip that rocked my world a little. She told our other team members that she felt that my dad wasn’t a Christian. I was so angry with her, how dare you say that about my dad. My dad is a great and loving person, probably the best person I know. If you are saying that he isn’t a Christian than what does that say about me? After many conversations with my team members, my mom, and with God, I decided I wanted my faith to be different. I wanted a relationship with Jesus. On our way home in the 15 passenger van I prayed the prayer and accepted Jesus into my life.

From that day things were different. I started talking to God regularly and he answered my prayers in big ways. God led me to Messiah College where I was constantly challenged in my faith. I discovered passions I didn’t know I had, became confident enough to pray out loud for the first time, and felt Jesus actively guiding me. God then led me to Arkansas to teach math, and I was instantly humbled. Life was lonely, emotionally draining, and mentally challenging. There were days that I’d show up to school having no idea what I would teach, and God ALWAYS provided, and the kids had no idea I was so unprepared. God made it clear that I could not survive on my own, but ANYTHING was possible if I put my faith in him. Today I am ready to make a public commitment to Christ by being baptized. Jesus is the most important person in my life and I am so happy to be recommitting myself to him. Isaiah 41:10 reminds me that as long as Jesus is with me everything will be ok “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up in my victorious right hand.”

 

LYDIA HERR

My name is Lydia Herr. I grew up in a Christian family and went to church most Sunday mornings. I learned about Jesus when I was pretty young. I figured I was a Christian but I wasn’t quite sure.

I was four when I realized that I was a sinner and needed God’s gift of forgiveness.  I realized this when I was at a five day club that my mom hosted. The leaders at the five day club helped my understand God’s good news.  But I was not quite sure about all this. One morning on the way to church my family was talking about what it means to be a Christian. Then I asked my dad if I was a Christian. He said, “Being a Christian is about what is in your heart. A Christian will make decisions that honor God”. After that talk, I felt a lot happier and more sure of my decision to be a Christian.

Now Jesus is my savior and can do everything for me.  My life has changed when I believed in Jesus.  I try to be happier and try to be a nice friend to people around me.

 

JOSHUA HULLINGER

Hello my name is Joshua Hullinger and to the best of my memory I was between the ages of 5-7 when I was saved. It happened while at Sunday school when I went up to the teacher and said I wanted to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. After that I started making better decisions, I understood the Bible better, I started praying more, and had a closer relationship with God.

Because Jesus is my Lord I want to honor my parents, help others more, and help glorify him. God has help me many times when I would be worried and afraid. He has comforted me.

My favorite memory verse is John 3:16-17.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

 

KYLE KUTZ 

I am Kyle Kutz, Rebecca’s husband and we typically attend the first service here at LEFC.  I have a similar story as Rebecca’s in the fact that I too was raised in the church from a young age.  My grandfather and father helped build the physical Evangelical Church I grew up in and I was one of those lucky kids that was a part of the church since before I could remember. With that came the blessing of not knowing life without God in it, I do not have a “salvation day” or a thrilling story of trial and redemption, just a bunch of VBS gold medals for bible verse competitions from when I was 5 years old.  I was baptized as an infant in the EC Church and adult baptism was something I knew of but wasn’t on the forefront of my mind. In 2012 Rebecca and I were married in the EC Church and with me being new to the area; we began to look for a church to call home.  We found LEFC and knew this is was where we wanted to be.  Shortly after attending we realized that our church did adult baptisms which began to spark conversation between us about the true purpose of baptism and how we were baptized as kids.  Since then we have had the growing urge to be baptized as adults.  The Holy Spirt has been moving so strong that just a few weeks ago we were down at the Delaware beaches and heard a bunch of cheering coming from down the shore.  It was a church group doing baptisms in the ocean and I was ready to jump in with them that day. I did decide to wait and we said the next time LEFC was doing a baptism we would join in.  Well the following day we came into church and of course in God’s fashion, there were sign-ups for baptisms!  That is just a quick story of why I here am talking to you today. I have known Christ as my savior and I am making the conscious choice to share that with you all publicly today.    

 

REBECCA KUTZ

My name is Rebecca Kutz, and I am excited to share my faith journey with you this morning. I grew up locally and graduated from Warwick. My family and I attended church each week, and were very connected within the church. With this being said, as long as I can remember I have known Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and was baptized as an infant. Although, when I was in eighth grade I felt an urge in my heart that I had not felt before. In response to this feeling, I began attending church and youth group with friends. It turned out that this feeling was God reaching out to me to develop an intimate relationship with him, instead of simply believing and being involved in church. From there throughout high school and college my intimate relationship with God grew stronger and stronger. My husband and I married in 2012 and then began attending LEFC. Since then, our hearts have grown a stronger and stronger desire to be baptized as adults. A spark for me personally to be baptized today is the blessing of expecting our first child. I desire to live out God’s instructions to exclaim our faith publicly, as I pray that this is also the desire of our child’s heart in the future. I am thrilled to be able to share with you all what God has done in my heart, and express this through baptism today.

 

LAUREN MYER

I accepted Christ at a young age and was brought up in a Christian family. I had struggled in a larger, more chaotic public school growing up and throughout middle school and found more of a peace going to high school at LCCS, being in a smaller environment around good people and influenced by good teachers. Because of that, I begun having my own personal relationship with Jesus in 9th grade. I have learned to lean on Him through anxiety, some insecurities, and periods of depression. I rejoice in the magnificent hope that He offers His children and in the complete restoration He promises us in heaven. And I carry that hope through this life on earth. He payed a huge price for me, so I want to give Him everything I have and let my life play His melody, to be set apart and built up by Christ even if it means to be torn down by the world. I am getting baptized to publicly proclaim that my life and body belong to God alone and that I am here on earth solely for the purpose of advancing God's kingdom, radiating beauty that can only come from God living within me. 

Colossians 3:12-17 (ESV): "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

This is my life verse because it reminds me of my mission here on earth, while going about life letting His song rise within me.

 

JIM MYERS

Most of my life I knew there was something or someone protecting me from harm and trouble.  Just one example I was in a very bad motor cycle accident.  On the scene there was a EMT and a nurse.  They told 911 take your time he is dead.  And here I am!

I just want everyone to know I have complete faith and love in our Father and Jesus.  And I cannot thank them enough for everything!

 

 

 

 

COLE RICHARDS 

Jesus became my personal Lord and Savior when I was seven. I have been going to church with my parents since I was little. I started learning about how much Jesus loves us and I wanted to know Him better. At Sports World this summer I accepted Jesus into my heart and learned about Him and His love for me even more. Since, I accepted Jesus into my heart I have been nicer to people and I pray for my family and friends. I try to stop and think how I treat people and try to treat them like Jesus would. I hope, because I accepted Jesus in my heart other people will get to know Him too.

My favorite bible verse is John 3:16 'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.'

 

ALYSSA WEAVER

My name is Alyssa Weaver and I am 18 years old. I am a recent graduate of Conestoga Valley High School. I plan to take a year or two off of schooling to spend most of my time working at my two jobs at Oregon Dairy as a Front End Associate and at Landis Homes where I am a Certified Nursing Assistant. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was very young at the age of 4 on November 7, 2002. I have been attending LEFC since 1999 which has basically been my entire life. Since I was little I have grown up in the church attending almost every Sunday so I had a solid foundation since a young age. As I got older through my high school years I struggled a lot with sin but towards the end of my senior year God started to do some big things in my life. He drew me away from relationships and circumstances that I shouldn’t have been in. Along the way, whether I knew it or not God was always present through every trial and His way revealed itself time and time again. I have sinned again and again yet I serve a redeeming God who has forgiven me time after time and washed me clean of all my past and future sins. With God being at the center of my life I can always look to Him with guidance.  He still calls me His child even when I fall short. Over the years, God has blessed me and my family with many things such as a house to live in, cars to drive, great jobs, and good health. One of His biggest blessings was saving my grandmother’s life through a miracle when she was on her death bed, she is still living today and doing well. Another way He has blessed me was with an amazing lifelong best friend who is more like a sister and actually is through Christ. God has blessed me in so many ways and done a great work in my life. I strive every day to always give him the glory for all the good He is doing in me. I make it a habit to talk to God and worship Him every day in one way or another because He deserves all my love and praise. I hope to touch the lives of others just by spreading God’s amazing love and by living in His image so that others can see Him through me. I cannot do this on my own and He makes me a better person so I have to look to Him for guidance day in and day out. There is something different about me and that is that God is living inside of me. He is shining His light through me and I want others to see that. In the Bible, it says that Jesus wants us to get baptized. I want to be baptized today because I want to show people that I am a follower of Jesus Christ and that I love Him with all of my heart and want to serve Him every moment of every day.