Monday, February 14, 2011

Multitude Monday

Community

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I love our church family. I've never experienced such a sense of community in all of my years of attending church. They are passionate about reaching out. They love God. They love each other. They love us.

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They are not perfect. They make mistakes. They are believers working their way through life and trying to live for God.

They forgive each other. They don't put demands on us. They are willing to try new things.

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We have such an interesting mix in our church.

From older...
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To younger...
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Yet there is not a lot of age segregation in our congregation. Perhaps it's because we are a smaller church and don't have a lot of resources. However, it has evolved into something that I think is much the way church should be.

We have a nursery for the youngest children, but they are not required to be there. Children church is offered up to age ten for those children who desire it. Most of our children sit in the service. They listen to Dan. They usually draw a picture depicting what the sermon was about. They actually get quite a bit from the message.

We don't have youth group and our teens hang with the adults. And they like it! They participate in the service. They come week after week. Many of them come even though their parents do not. They come with grandparents or friends.

There is nothing spectacular to draw them. We don't have a bunch of fancy programs. Just the sense of community. The feeling of belonging. Of being liked. Of the older wanting them to be there.

It is WONDERFUL!

My church is at the top of my list of blessings this week.

Blessings #191-200

♫ A church family that I love with all my heart.

♫ A father who enjoys his children.

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♫ Young friends who keep me feeling young.

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♫ A church family who loves to laugh.

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♫ Celebrating a milestone - 18 years old!

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♫ Catching up with old friends.

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♫ Babies and children.

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♫ Men in our church with a passion for God and for reaching out to others.

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♫ A husband who leads his congregation by example.

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Finally,

♫ The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the real reason we have fellowship with each other.