Thursday, December 31, 2020
Webcast and Prelude begin at 6:00pm Central Time
Remnant Fellowship Church
1230 Franklin Rd.
Brentwood, TN 37027
Black, silver, sparkle, and touches of gold
I was born in Bogota, Columbia, which is where we lived when my mom found Weigh Down and Remnant Fellowship around 2011. I came to visit Church with my mom for Desert Oasis later that year and was able to stay for Remnant Daycamp. I enjoyed Daycamp, although I wasn’t able to fully understand the depth of what I was hearing, as I wasn’t proficient in English; however, what was evident and I did understand was the love that I received during that time, something that didn’t need any translation to be understood.
After our trip, I saw how my mom’s life started to change dramatically. I saw her become more loving, patient, and kind, which was a huge example for me, especially during testing times. Her attitude inspired me to want to learn more about God and Remnant.
I am forever grateful and humbled that Lauren would chose me to be her husband. Her God-given passion for truth and love, and her commitment to following God’s Spirit are my favorite things about her... Her laughter is the most joyful sound on Earth—it brightens my days, and she inspires and encourages me to be and do better every day.- Nico
As I was growing closer to God, He was manifesting in very creative ways. By 2013, we had moved here to Tennessee, and my mom married Ralf Spredemann, whom I am honored to call my father and now call my Best Man. Ralf has been a role model of how a Godly man should act. His love for God first and then his family, and his constant service to others is an example to me. When we became a family, Ralf accepted me as his own. In the middle of huge testing, he became my dad and adopted me. He has been an answered prayer, and the father God had for me. I know that his heart is steadfast and loving, and that is the result of listening and putting into practice the message of love that we have learned through Gwen Lara and that he first heard about eighteen years ago when he lived in California.
My family comes from all the corners of the Earth. My dad was born in Brazil, and his family moved there from Germany in search of safety during war. They then migrated to the U.S. when my dad was only six years old. As I shared, my mom found Remnant while living in Colombia, and God gathered us, just as He promised in Ezekiel 36:24: For I will take you out of the nations, I will gather you from all the counties and bring you back into your own land. God brought us home to TN, and it was here that I met the most amazing person -- Lauren.
I am forever grateful and humbled to have met Lauren, and more than anything, so thankful that she would chose me to be her husband. Her God-given passion for truth and love, and her commitment to following God’s Spirit are my favorite things about her, and I am deeply grateful for her heart and her mind. Her laughter is the most joyful sound on Earth—it brightens my days, and she inspires and encourages me to be and do better every day. I feel undeserving to have her as my fiancé, and she is a gift that I don’t take for granted.
We have received so much love and guidance in our relationship. I can’t praise God enough for growing up in a place that teaches us on a daily basis about putting the other person first and to BE the right person ourselves, rather than expecting the other person to change. I am grateful to have access to abundant Godly teaching about on marriage and relationships, and to have loving parents and leaders that want the best for us and whom are selfless and living examples of the family we want to become.
I pray that our union is a blessing to others, and that I can continue imitating Jesus’ characteristics as I commit to loving God first, and my dear Lauren, second.
I’m blessed to say that I have been a part of Remnant Fellowship since I was in the fourth grade. My mother was introduced to Remnant when she was pregnant with me, and decided to return to this teaching when I was nine. Living in Georgia, it was always a thrill to visit the Church in person whenever we could, and I remember always wanting to live here one day, to be closer to my friends and people who believed in God the same way that I did. I feel as though God had given me the gift of a happy personality by nature as a child. I didn’t realize how much of a blessing that was until I started high school and noticed each year that everyone around me seemed to be getting more emotionally lost and depressed.
When I was 18, I began college and moved to live on campus. I slowly found myself beginning to drift into the same pattern as the students around me, growing steadily more anxious and empty. My relationship with God and with my family became strained. Conversations with my mom often ended in tears, but I just couldn’t put my finger on what was going wrong.
I had read somewhere that you know you have a keeper when you can replace the word “love” in the 1st Corinthians 13 scripture with your husband’s name. I can truly say that Nico is the most patient man I’ve ever met. He is genuine and kind. I have never seen him have envy, and he is never boastful. Nico’s humility is convicting; he’s never been anything but polite and considerate. He puts others' needs before his own. He keeps no records of wrongs, and he never delights in evil but always rejoices in the truth. Nico is such an answered prayer in my life. - Lauren
After my second semester at college, my mom encouraged me to return to Nashville for a visit. At first, I was reluctant to be there, but as I sat with a group of my Church friends at a coffee shop reading and talking about God, I experienced something I hadn’t felt in months: peace! This peaceful feeling had been gone for long enough without me understanding what was missing, but as soon as I felt it again, I knew I needed to make a choice – I could choose to be around this group that encouraged my love of God and others, or I could continue as I was going, finding myself in ever-growing sadness, just like all my peers I had witnessed over the past months.
I transferred to Middle Tennessee State University the next fall. The move was the best decision of my life, as the more I seek God wholeheartedly, the more fruit and peace I see in my life. My relationships with God, with my mother, and with my peers have not only mended, but grow stronger every day. Although I still have much to change, I feel so at peace living in a community of Saints who will help guide me in my relationship with God. I have now lived here for four years, and it was during this time that I got to know Nico Spredemann.
Nico and had actually known each other as acquaintances since we were about 14, but we didn’t begin hanging out in the same friend groups until I was nearly 21. At the time, I didn’t know much about him and hadn’t given the idea of a new relationship much thought until he asked me on a date, and he took me on one of the most thoughtful, well-planned outings I’d ever been on.
As Nico and I got to know one another, I asked God for signs to know that this relationship was from Him. One of the signs God gave me was the Dogwood flower. Old stories say that when a young man wanted to court a young woman, he would hand her a Dogwood flower. If she kept it, it meant that she agreed to be with him. If she gave it back, it meant that she declined his offer. I asked God for same specific sign—if somehow, someone handed me a Dogwood flower by the end of the upcoming Sabbath, I would know that God wanted me to look further into a relationship with Nico. Sure enough, that upcoming Saturday after Church, a friend handed me her phone to show me something, and as I opened the lock-screen, I saw that the background image was a huge, pink, blooming Dogwood flower! Only God could be so personal and answer prayers so specifically.
God has truly given me such a special gift in Nico. I had read somewhere that you know you have a keeper when you can replace the word “love” in the 1st Corinthians 13 scripture with your husband’s name. I can truly say that Nico is the most patient man I’ve ever met. He is so genuine and kind to everyone, not just me. I have never seen him have envy, and he is never boastful. Nico’s humility is convicting to me, and he’s never been anything but polite and considerate. He puts others' needs before his own. He keeps no records of wrongs, and he never delights in evil but always rejoices in the truth. He is consistently positive and he never gives up.
Nico is such an answered prayer in my life, and I know that if we continue to put what we are taught here at Remnant Fellowship into practice, the love that God has blessed us with will never fail.