Mark and Nancy MitchellMark and Nancy Mitchell came to People’s in 2012 when their friends Beth DeWaters and Ken Tindall invited them. Mark and Nancy had just returned to Kalamazoo after living in St. Louis for five years.

Mark grew up attending a First Methodist Church and attended regularly throughout his high school years. Nancy attended a Protestant Community Church when she was growing up
in Cincinnati.

“We were members of the Methodist Church when we were raising our kids,” Nancy said, “yet I continued to feel uncomfortable with judgments about non-Christians. When our kids stopped attending, so did we.”

Nancy said they felt comfortable and welcome at People’s. “I felt I was in a faith community that was sincere in its appreciation and celebration of diversity. I saw that people seemed to feel safe and respected for who they are. I loved that.

“I loved Jill’s sermons and looked forward to being fed on Sundays,” Nancy added. “I felt challenged to really love all people and the earth. I now enjoy listening to Rachel and discovering how to work toward making my life as meaningful and useful as possible.”

Mark said, “I’m nurtured by the music written and performed by members of our congregation and by the sermons spoken from the heart with insights into the human condition.”

They are both drawn to the social justice focus and work of People’s.

Nancy said. “Mark and I attended our first ISAAC meeting last fall. I joined the antiracism Task Force. Mark participates on the ISAAC Early Childhood and Education Task Force. Working toward a stronger, healthier community makes sense to me as part of my faith journey.”

Mark has served on the Finance Committee and the Stewardship Committee for the last two years and continues to do so. He also is an usher Sunday mornings.

Nancy is currently a Sunday greeter and usher and has worked at the Holiday Bazaar the past three years.

(Nancy, 61, is a therapist at Family and Children Services. Mark, 61, is a retired research scientist. They have two children: Jeff, 28 and Katherine, 27.)

–Article written by Ardyce Curl.

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