The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Finding satisfaction

Julie Halverson Matson does as much volunteer work as she can at West Koshkonong Lutheran Church, Stoughton, Wis., where she's also the treasurer. Her work gives her a great deal of satisfaction.

Cash flow problems can be frustrating at times, she says with a laugh, but Julie enjoys her volunteer work. "It allows me to spend time with nearly everyone in the congregation," she says.

Julie became inactive in church shortly after confirmation. She didn't abandon the faith but wasn't a regular worshiper. Having children changed that, and she now considers church a critical part of her life.

"I guess I was typical of most adults in that I didn't want to go to church on a regular basis," she says. "Confirmation wasn't a voluntary activity for me. My parents laid down the law and said I had to go. Now that I'm an adult, I'm glad they did this because I probably wouldn't have gone on my own volition."

Not that confirmation was all hard work. Julie enjoyed Bible camps, roller-skating parties and the fun she had with her friends — activities that kept her close to the church.

"Church is important to me," she says.

"I was brought up in the church and continue to be active in it. My children will attend confirmation. It's the right thing to do."


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