Sunday, September 14, 2008

HE knew what we needed today

Hubs and I just moved a few months ago from the towns that we grew up in from birth. We were given by God to our parents there, went to elementary schools, to middle and high schools there, and got engaged and married there.

After one tennis lesson from Hubs, we started dating/courting in 1999! After leaving the Jewish believing congregation I went to for 21 years (if anyone's interested I can provide more info) we started looking for a new church home.

A few things were important to us: that the church believed in the Old Testament as much as the New (very important to me being a Jewish believer), that we could have great fellowship, had the same core beliefs, and sound biblical teaching.

We started going to that church in March of 2003. We actually met the Pastor that day and he asked if we were married. We said nope, with that slightly awkward head tilted smile, but in less than 3 months later, with huge smiles on our faces, we told him, guess what we're getting married.

Teammates (hi girls, past and present!!) was the young marrieds group that we got involved with. No joke a core group of what, 15-25 couples, with a roster of close to 50 couples or more at times. We hosted a few parties and got involved in our class' Caregiving ministry. There were dinners, parties, get togethers, PuttPutt nights, bible studies, our Sunday class, meals for those in need, help for those in need (like us on bedrest, when our bible study painted some of our house and put furniture together for us, and much more!), impromtu game nights, and and and!

And here we are in a new state in a new town, looking for a new church.

Such an issue as I'm sure you know, is that if one church just doesn't click, you have to wait a whole week to try out another one. There's no really getting involved right away. We are so ready to work. We are so ready to meet new people. We are so ready to serve. We want to work with a couples ministry like the one we...had. We know what we've seen and been a part of, we know things we like and would want to promote, we are just waiting for God to give us a go. We also have a heart for the childrens. We are looking for something to do...get involved in helping a Christian adoption agency or somehow somewhere helping littles ones (Hubs heard somewhere that if every church adopted 3 children, there would be no more sweet little ones without homes in the US. I had this big hope and idea that we could start promoting that to churches in our area and then continue to increase our radius until more and more little sweet helpless babies had homes. High hopes and a little crazy I know).

We thought we had our church last week. After visiting it for a second time, we said, nope, it's not our home.

We tried a church for the second time today. Wow! Sermon awesome. People super nice. Young boys and girls, gentlemen and sweet! BabyBoy in the nursery, great. Words the pastor spoke, just happened to be ones that we needed to hear to know whether or not this would be our new church home. God knew that today was the day that we'd come back to this church to try it again, and He knew what is in our hearts, and He just knew.

We've heard they focus on men and children, although they have great programs for everybody. We've already seen some pretty amazing things. Hubs went to change the baby's diaper after the service the first time we visited while I checked out their community groups (they have a focus on community too, getting to know the people who live near you, so everyone can be there for each other, awesome). As BabyBoy walked and Hubs followed, they passed several teen boys. Not only were they not self focused but they were interested in talking to Hubs and the baby! Whoa! They wanted to say hi, said the baby was cute, and wanted to get him to give them five. If that is not fruit from a focus on men, and teaching the men how to teach their boys to be Godly men, I don't know what would be.

My only apprehension is that it's a huge church. Possibly bigger than our previous. People so often say, and we've even heard it about this one, oh big churches have mostly shallow surface sermons. We haven't found that so far. The pastor our first visit was actually very convicting about being in fellowship and getting into our communities, powerful stuff. I'm not so thrilled that there's a coffee house right outside and next to the santuary, but people really do fellowship together there. Maybe it's not a big deal. With all that said...

We think this might be our new church home.

We would so appreciate your prayers as you know this is a big decision. Thanks fam and friends.


Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Progress! Good news!

Rachel said...

That's great news!! We will definitely keep you in our prayers!!

Britni and Justin said...

Praying for you and your family!

HisTreasuredPossession said...

I truly think this is one of *the* hardest things moving away from IBC, especially what we had in Teammates! praying for the Lord to show you where He would have you serve. Remember what God told David "Man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart!" love you!

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

Don't be nervous just because its a big church...they usually have small groups to help you plug in, which is how we were able to get involved so quickly! Check that out as you are may make the big place seem smaller!

The Farmer Files said...

I'll be praying!!!

ahhh barristas and coffee west coast at church, so laid back, so not type A, so not east coast, but more and more common on the west coast. And in Hawaii, ohhh food after service, full on lunch with desserts, is the norm! That was so strange coming from the Beltway!

I am church shopping. I have already started online, with podcasts and internet searches.

My home - My life said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog - can't wait to read more from you!

Rebecca Taylor said...

I will be praying too! I love the new background by the way! :)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Thanks for your prayers!

I'm actually not worried about the big church because it's...big...our last one was too and Amy we did exactly what you said, got involved in small groups and it was great! It's kind of the stigma that's attached to the huge church that I was a little iffy on, but that's a pretty dumb reason :) cause it seems to be a great place so far.

Jenn said...

We are in the same place just in completely different locations! We too are ready to get involved and serve and the church hunt is hard. I'll be praying for you!

Also, I work a for an organization that provides study and discipleship resources from a Jewish Perspective. I was excited to see that you were a Jewish believer. I am gentile, but I have a HUGE heart for Israel and know the Hebrew roots of my faith. I'd love to tell you more about it if you'd be interested!

Heather said...

How could a coffee house in a church ever be a bad thing?! Abe would be totally psyched about that - it was one of the major draws when we first visited MBC... well that and having Lon Solomon as the Senior Pastor pretty much made it a done deal. Not a sermon, just a thought ;)!

Tara Caire said...

praying for you guys!

ps thanks for all the sweet comments on my blog : )

Danielle said...

I too moved away from the place I was born and grew up at (three years ago now). The only time I was "away" was when I went to college. We moved where we have no family, and had no friends. It was very hard at first. We slowly began making friends and after almost a year of searching finally found a church home. We are loving it now and I am much happier. I will continue praying for you and for the Lord to place Godly friends in your lives.

Rebecca Jo said...

It's a big decision - so I'll lift a prayer up for your decision! Its funny because its like buying a wedding dress - you'll just know when you have the right one!

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