A Day in the Life—Gavin finds faith and fellowship at church

Every Sunday, you’ll find Gavin Miller at a place where he feels right at home.

Gavin, who Bethesda supports, has attended Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Centennial, Colorado, for the past 10 years. 

“Gavin has never met a stranger because of his friendliness and ability to interact with all the different people he meets,” said Sue Hart, Bethesda Ministry Consultant for Colorado.

Gavin’s faith and the fellowship he enjoys at his congregation is incredibly important to him. So important, that he isn’t one to sit on the sidelines.

Follow Gavin through a typical Sunday

A consummate helper, Gavin is front-and-center most Sundays. Use the arrows on the side of the pictures below to follow him through his day.

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9:30 a.m. – F.A.C.E.S. Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall


Gavin is active in F.A.C.E.S. Bible Study. F.A.C.E.S. (Faith, Activities, Conversations, Experiences and Service) is led by Rick Larson.

The class uses Bethesda’s Cross Road Journey curriculum to facilitate exploration of the Bible. Gavin loves volunteering to hold the poster for the class to see.  On this day, the lesson was about Gideon.

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9:45 a.m. – F.A.C.E.S. – Discussion time


Gavin, seated beside his friend, Rey Erickson, is eager to discuss his perspective on the day’s lesson. He takes Bible study seriously and is always excited to answer questions.

In addition to Bible lessons and questions, the class enjoys signing hymns, doing arts and crafts and chatting with each other.

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10 a.m. – F.A.C.E.S. – Worksheets


After the group Bible study portion of class, Gavin works with Amber Hildenbrand, Bethesda DSP, to answer questions about the lesson. Gavin cherishes the friendships he has made with many regular F.A.C.E.S. volunteers.

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10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Service in the Auditorium


Each week, at the beginning of the worship service the pastor invites those in attendance to greet each other. Gavin will be one of the first people out of his seat and greeting other parishioners.

“It’s a beautiful thing to hear Gavin welcoming his friends and even more beautiful to hear in reply, ‘Good Morning, Gavin,’” said Sue.

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10:45 a.m. – Sermon


Gavin is an active listener and loves hearing Pastor Rev. Dr. Bradley Stoltenow give his sermons. Often, the verses discussed in F.A.C.E.S. are the same ones worshippers hear about during that day’s church service.

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11 a.m. – Communion


Gavin is always eager to help out at church. One of his favorite roles is gathering cups after his congregation members receive communion.

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11:10 a.m. – Offertory


Gavin also regularly preforms the duties of an usher, which includes greeting people as they come into church and taking the offering.

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11:30 a.m. – After church


Gavin has made many friends in the congregation and he does his best to interact with them all. Here, he fist-bumps Charley Powers, F.A.C.E.S. volunteer and good friend.

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12:15 p.m. – Back home


After a good day at church, Gavin and his housemate Michael are hungry. Gavin dishes up a house favorite, chicken noodle soup, under the watchful eye of DSP Amber (left).

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12:45 p.m. – Backyard soccer


Just like he isn’t content to sit on the sidelines at church, Gavin, an avid sports fan, loves getting outside and being active. Here, he tries to score a goal against Samuel Ramos, a Bethesda DSP. After soccer, the group enjoys some basketball.

It is all part of a meaningful Sunday for Gavin. His faith and his place in his church family are extremely important to him.

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