Elisa Welch & Carolyn Bell
Phyllis Grant & Jerry Vonderheid
It was the Internet that connected Phyllis Grant and Jerry Vonderheid in July 2013, and shortly thereafter, they decided finding a house of worship would be an important part of their relationship.
They first visited MUCC in the fall of 2013 and have been regular attendees since February 2014.
A native of Barneveld, Wisconsin, Phyllis retired after 35 years at the U.S. Postal Service. Jerry, who was born in Merrill, Wisconsin and raised in Kankakee, Illinois also retired after a long career at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. They now live near Lake Kegonsa.
Why did you start coming to McFarland UCC?
“Last fall, we started going to different churches in the area to see what we thought of them. We decided we liked this church.”
What did you like about it?
“Just the casualness and the friendliness of the people. Everyone here is super nice.”
What makes this church appealing to you?
“Pastor Kerri brings things down to an easy understandable level. Instead of reading from the Bible over and over again like so many do, she puts things into her own words and we can relate to that.”
A Church with Heart + meaningful ministry + warm hospitality (+ lots of publicity) = many new faces among our worshiping community. Over the next few months, while we gather a More Than Membership group in preparation for a Covenant Sunday, we'll be bringing you mini-profiles so we can get to know one another. For this issue of our e-newsletter, Carolyn Bell & Elisa Welch, and Phyllis Grant and Jerry Vonderheid sat down to chat.