Thanksgiving:Lakeside Fellowship

This is the start of my Thanksgiving posts. I will be posting occasionally what I am thankful for. To start off I am thankful for Lakeside Fellowship.

I grew up seeing my dad every other week, and really relied on my mom and Lakeside in order for me to mature. Lakeside was and is a family to the fatherless. My dad was part of my life, but we never really bonded. At Lakeside, I had fathers and grandparents and aunts and uncles. I had the family behind me, that loved and cared for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mom very much, but everyone needs a father just as they do a mother.

So here we go:

Barry Johnson
Barry Johnson took me fishing a few times – we need to do it again. He is an awesome guys that has taught me that if it’s broke, it can be repaired. If you need something, build it yourself. Such a great guy that is willing to serve where it’s needed, even if no one else wants to do it. He has built many of our rollers, so we can transport sound equipment back and forth every week.

Nathan Nemmers (Worship leader and kind of an assistant pastor)
Nathan has shown me passion in music, how to listen, how to hear. He didn’t teach me any instruments, but he taught me practical common sense. He taught me how to wrap wires and plug stuff in. He taught me a vast majority of stuff at the time.

Dean Gildersleeve
Dean has taught me patience. In much of what we do every Sunday morning, it is easy to get mad at the circumstances. Dean has taught me that even though the situation looks bleak, I need to slow down and start at the back and find the problem. Another great guy with a servant’s attitude, ready to do what it takes every Sunday.

Bryan Carlton
This guy is amazing, he has taught me so much. You can’t beat his sarcasm any day. He has a fun-loving, down to earth personality. He is such a nice guy. He has great honey, too! His down to earth feel on life has taught me compassion and understanding. He has taught me that just because I missed a recording doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. He always calls me Mr. Sweeny, for reasons unknown. I enjoy that; in turn I try to call him Mr. Carlton but tend to forget. He is a cool guy with a passion for Christ. Thank you Bryan

Doug Porter (Saylorville Tech Guy)
This guy right here got me curious about technology. I remember spending a few summer days with him working on some project. He is a cool guy, with a true servant’s heart.

Josh Byers (Former Youth Leader)
Josh Byers is a great guy. I won’t divulge too much info about him just yet, but he got me into tearing computers apart. I can’t remember exactly, but we were in his garage and he was close to putting up a garage sale. I remember seeing a DVD drive for an older style computer. He must have seen me eyeing it. He told me I could have it. I remember the ride home, thinking all about what I could do with that drive. I didn’t mutilate my computer just yet, but I saved the drive. Must have been weeks later, but we were out looking for interesting stuff on the Polk city curb day thing – it’s where if you have junk you can put it on the curb. Bob brought me some computer towers that I instantaneously tore apart. I flip-flopped drives and video and sound cards, I went crazy. Thank you Josh. Doug got me curious, and Josh got me into it. Thanks guys!
This whole post wouldn’t mean anything if I was sexist and didn’t mention some of the women in my church.

First off:

Terri Johnson. Terri is awesome. She won’t shake my hand but instead she’ll give me a hug. She is such a nice person, ready to serve. Every Christmas, Thanksgiving, and any event, her and Barry are there putting up roasters and lights. Helping out where they can.

Teske Drake. I admire Teske for her faith and strength. Please check out her website:
There are many other women in the church I could name, but won’t at the current time.

I just want the Lakesiders to know how thankful I am for you guys. You guys are crazy and fun but overall you guys are awesome. Whenever there is a need, you’re there. Thank you!

-Cody Sweeny

775 words isn’t enough to describe how much I love Lakeside and all you guys do for the community. Thank you!


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