Council Introductions: Nicole VanderDoes

nicole-vanderdoes-2Nicole VanderDoes grew up in a culturally Jewish, atheist family, and became a Christian in the spring of 1996 through the work of the Holy Spirit as she read the Bible. After having been involved in leadership at two United Methodist Churches in Ohio, Nicole moved to Chicago in March 2012 and began looking for a church where she could worship, build relationships, and serve. Nicole began attending LMC in December 2012, and continued attending because of LMC’s contemporary worship, strong Biblical foundation, diverse congregation, consistent member attendance—and, most importantly, because she saw great potential at LMC.

Since joining LMC, Nicole has facilitated small groups including the ongoing group that meets on Tuesday nights, helped lead the Spiritual Life Team for the Grace Overflowing capital campaign, oversaw the creation of two devotional booklets written by the congregation, performed in Embers, is working to help coordinate adult enrichment activities, and serves as an assisting minister. As a member of Council, Nicole will do her best to seek God’s wisdom and guidance, listen to others with respect and an open mind, and remember that all things must be done in love and for God’s glory. She will fail; she will often think she knows the best way, will struggle with delegation, and will sometimes become frustrated with inefficiency. But she will also engage in regular self-reflection and prayer to curtail the impact of those weaknesses on her ability to serve God and the people of LMC.

Nicole is an attorney who works to improve the American judicial system, is a Cleveland Indians, Ohio State basketball and football, and Blackhawks fan, and thinks everyone should love birthdays.

Note: Nicole was elected as part of a slate of three at the October Congregational Meeting. She will serve on LMC’s Council for a two year term beginning in January. She will spend the next three months shadowing the current Council before her term begins.

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