The Starting Point
Apr 27 10:40 AM

The Starting Point

Apr 27 10:40 AM
Apr 27 10:40 AM

Starting. Point. Lunch.  See that first word, Starting?  Well, it’s actually a little misleading, because for me, the real Starting Point happened back at my very first visit to Mountain Christian Church. 

Hopefully, your first experiences at Mountain Christian Church were like mine: enthusiastic and welcoming! My first Sunday at MCC, upon entering the building, I was immediately greeted, assisted with finding where to drop off my three-year-old, assured of the great care she would receive and the schedule for her morning, then directed to the sanctuary for worship service. 

Once arriving there, my experience became even more special, as I was approached and warmly welcomed by no less than six individuals!  In the following weeks these same lovely people and others continued to greet me, welcome me back, and ask about me with genuine warmth and Christian Love. 

After praying to find a church home, I knew God had led me to MCC. 

When I heard about the Starting Point Lunch, it was clear that I should go, as I wanted to know more about this Church.

At the lunch I found myself in the company of a mixed group of others who had come because they too had experienced an outpouring of love from the MCC family and wanted to know more. From families with kids, to a more mature couple, to a single woman, we all “hungered” for more…and for the next hour and a half, our physical hunger (it was lunchtime after all!) and our hunger for knowing about MCC was satisfied.

Pastor Frank and several other couples in church leader roles dispersed amongst us while we ate and engaged us in conversation and getting to know each other.  Then, we participated in a round robin to introduce and share a little about ourselves, and to share what prompted us to come to the Starting Point Lunch.  For me, it was easy. 

The warm welcome I received on day one that continued to be the “norm” on all subsequent visits was the driving factor for my presence.  And after hearing the others’ reasons, along with the history, purpose, and missions of the church from Pastor Frank and the others, it’s why I have stayed.  And it’s why I call MCC my church home.

If you are new to MCC, or looking for a church home, we hope you will consider attending the next Starting Point Lunch on May 6th!

 

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