MY FAITH JOURNEY:
For those of you that know me and for some of you that don’t, I’m Russell Rogers and Rev. Lee has asked me to share my faith journey with you in worship this morning. I am truly blessed by this opportunity. My journey began when I was born in 1962 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and growing up in Norman, Oklahoma to loving Christian parents. I was the youngest of two brothers. Growing up we would go to church but not as often as we should due to Dad’s schedule and Mom didn’t like to drive that much. When I would visit my Grandparents in Texas, we would go to church with them as a family. In late 1972, my family moved to SLC where Dad was being relocated to the FAA Air Traffic Center as a Systems Engineer. Moving to Utah was a challenge. We didn’t have a church home to start off with and finding schools in the area was also a challenge. My older brother was starting Jr. High School while my middle brother and I were in Elementary School. All of us went to Bonneville Jr. High School and to Cottonwood High School. I was the last one to graduate from Cottonwood HS. My older brother got married in 1978 and moved to Indiana. After 34 years of service, my Dad retired from the FAA. I got married to Nancy George in 1989. Nancy and I were married for 15 years. It was a good marriage but health issues were taking a toll and it ended in divorce. Nancy and I are still friends. In 2002 while coming home from Honolulu my middle brother Bill, died from pneumonia. Nine days later my grandfather went home to be with our Lord and Savior at the age of 88.
I became part of FUMC in October 2006. I am in the Chancel choir and get involved with Family Promise, United Methodist Men and serve on the Nominating Committee. The most important role I do here is setting up the table for Communion which we will be doing very shortly. If I was going to be away or if worship was going to be earlier, I would come in on Saturday to set it up.
I have Jesus first in my life. I am not ashamed of it. I remember a Bible verse from 1 John 1:9. It’s good news as well. “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You have been with me through good times and bad times, especially when my Grandmother passed away in 2009 at the age of 94. I do love every one of you. May God bless you all.