MILL CREEK — If you attended the city’s festival in July, you may remember being greeted, while waiting for the shuttle at McCollum Park, with a warm smile and a cool bottle of water.
Many guests arriving on the afternoon of July 18 were grateful for a cool drink of water on a hot day.
“We want to serve our community,” said Alicia Erickson, one of the volunteers at the water tent.
Erickson and her husband Greg, both 36, and Dewy Webb, 34, are members of the The Journey church in Mill Creek.
They meet at Jackson High School for services every Sunday. “We are a church in a box,” Greg Erickson said. Many members also meet weekly in small groups for dinner and a Bible study session.
The church started a little more than three years ago and has more than 150 members, Greg Erickson said.
The Ericksons have hosted a group at their Mill Creek home for a while now.
“We want to be involved in each other’s lives,” Greg Erickson said.
Small groups allow members to get to know each other to a point where they build a connection and stick together through thick and thin, Alicia Erickson said.
“When something comes and hits you hard, you are not alone,” she said.
Supporting each other in happiness is just as important to members as staying close in tragedy, she said. That way, everyone shares in the joy when one family’s child is born.
Members of the The Journey always try to find opportunities to get involved in the community, Webb said. During the Mill Creek Festival, they help with the setup, parking and the basketball tournament.
“We want to reach out to everybody,” Webb said.
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