Emily Lillo had always wanted to ring the hand bell that signals the start of each Worship at the Cross service. But she’s a volunteer, and typically the honor is given to a participant with special needs since Worship at the Cross is designed for people with cognitive impairments. She’d watched many others light up with the chance to sound the call to worship — not knowing she’d eventually get her turn.Read More
For years, the things Gavin Schultz wanted to say were trapped inside him. Autism silenced him, even though his mind and his heart were filled with messages of God’s love. Then one day, God and his family set him on a new path. Now, at age 17, Gavin is an ambassador for an autism advocacy nonprofit and a public speaker.Read More
It’s early on a Wednesday, and Pastor Mark Bartsch is in his office reading correspondence and gathering his thoughts for the day ahead. Soon it will be time for daily devotion in the dining room, then the popular Wednesday worship service he leads at Heritage Homes in Watertown, Wis., where he
is the full-time chaplain.