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When I joined AHCC 30 years ago, I was just looking for a church that would do the right things for me and our children.

And AHCC did that. I made now-treasured friends here. I attended classes, went on women’s retreats, participated in interfaith activities, and served on committees. I found myself becoming an integral part of this church. And when that happened, I began to look at my annual pledge a little differently. It stopped being about how much support I was going to give to the church, and began to be about how much I could support my church, the church that was becoming such a source of my spiritual sustenance. As I became more involved in the life of AHCC, it made sense to give more financial support as well – to support the organization that was giving me so much.

This community of faith is ballast for me in difficult times; this community of faith nudges me to explore what it means to be Christian today; this community of faith is a sanctuary for me when there are no answers; this community of faith embraces an inclusive and just world.

I am a persistent woman of faith, counting on God’s unconditional love and grace for all people to guide my way. The Bible says serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. We do that here, and it’s part of what makes this place so remarkable, part of why I can say, “I am AHCC.”