Serving Others to Serve Herself

. January 8, 2014.
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Sara Marvin, a junior at Sylvania Northview High School, is carrying on a tradition of service and prepping for a career in teaching by serving as worship leader at Sylvania First United Methodist Church.

As one of several worship leaders that serve on a rotating basis, Marvin shares announcements, leads responsive readings and helps the pastor during the service. She likes being in front of the congregation and helping the pastor deliver the overall message. She also enjoys practicing the skills that she is studying in her public speaking class at school. Marvin says her parents, Steve and Dena Marvin, and grandparents, Gary and Drue Shinn, have influenced her to volunteer. Her mom is also a worship leader, and her grandparents are very active in the church. Last summer, Marvin and her grandfather traveled to Washington, D.C., on a mission trip with the Sylvania First Church youth group. She has also been on a mission trip to Cherokee, North Carolina, and participated in Global Youth Service Day. She volunteers at The Friendly Center in north Toledo and is active in Interact, a public service-orientated club at school. “I just really enjoy helping people who don’t have as much as I do,” says Marvin.

In the future, Marvin would like to be a middle school science teacher. Being a teacher would combine her public speaking skills and her desire to be of service to others. In addition to volunteering, Marvin swims for St. James Club and enjoys reading and listening to music. With her talent and passion, there is no doubt that she will continue to be a leader in her community.