Courage key attraction at Grass Valley United Methodist Church for Holly Lusk
Special to The Union
Holly Lusk joined Grass Valley United Methodist Church in the 1990s.
Although she had grown up as a Presbyterian, she and her husband had been church shopping and visited the Methodist church because of a story in The Union.
The story was about the man who was pastor at the time performing a lesbian marriage, even though the denomination didn’t allow those — and he knew there would be consequences.
The Lusks were impressed by his courage.
They visited the church and liked the motto, “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.”
Holly Lusk has been active in the church ever since.
“My faith definitely strengthens my resolve to be a good person,” she says. “It helps keep me on track. I cherish being in the environment with such genuinely good people. They’re kind, and not judgmental or moralistic. I love my church.”
She appreciates that the Methodist church has both liberal and conservative members and they’re all united in their faith and belief in God.
“We’re a religious community even though we have differences,” she says.
The church offers many opportunities to help other people. Lusk has assisted with the free, monthly Friday Night Suppers as well as making donations for various causes. She has been church Finance Secretary and on the Finance Committee and those positions reminded her of other people’s needs.
She hopes to volunteer a lot more when she retires.
Lusk is currently employed as an office manager, and has previously worked as Vice President for two title companies.
She says her co-workers are always surprised when they find out how much she loves her church because the actions of a few right-wing Protestants and some Catholic scandals have given Christianity a bad name — and she doesn’t appear to fit the stereotype of a church-going person.
Her co-workers are comfortable talking about religion with her.
“The Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have others do unto you, sums up everything,” Lusk says. “If everyone could do that I believe 98 percent of all the evils in the world would just disappear. Probably 100 percent.”
Grass Valley United Methodist Church is located at 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley.
On Sundays, there is a contemplative worship service at 8:45 a.m. and a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m.
For more information about the church, go to the website, http://www.gv-umc.org or call 530-272-1946.
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