I bumped into him most Sundays after service ended. We shared thoughts about the sermon, poked fun at each other, talked about the weather, and marveled at how awesome our wives are. He wasn’t interested in football, so the Cowboys never came up in our conversations. After repeating this pattern for several months, I still didn’t know much more about him. We were still acquaintances.
We attended church together; we worshiped together, but… were we really connected?
In Acts 2, the Holy Spirit comes to believers, Peter teaches the crowds, and 3,000 were baptized. Afterwards, in verse 2:42, the Bible says
“They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”
Verse 46 says they would meet together every day. As believers, they wanted to spend time together and recognized the value of fellowship. They knew that they wanted to learn together and to grow together. Reminds me of a popular phrase today: They wanted to live life together. Like a family, full of brothers and sisters.
A few years ago, I sat down next to him at the Church picnic. He had a nice spot under a tree. As we were greeting each other, a kid walked up with a leash. On the end of that leash was either a small horse or a HUGE dog. The kid handed the leash to him and ran off. I had no idea that he had a pet, let alone a beast like that.
That afternoon, I learned about his life, choices he made as a father and grandfather, and the reason he always has a small horse for a dog. We shared the stories of how we became believers and how we saw the Holy Spirit working in our lives. We spent an hour together that day and we connected enough to know that it wasn’t enough.
Sunday mornings are great for us to worship together as a body, but not enough for us to grow together. Or live life together. My friend and I enjoyed worshipping together, but it was when we spent time together, at the church picnic, and later in a fellowship group, that we really grew together. Later, when his wife was struggling with her health, he called so we could pray together. And when the horse/dog was lost, we looked late into the night – together.
My friend is no longer here, but his imprint on my life has not left. It was not enough to only see him on Sunday mornings. In order to go deeper, we had to have time together. I am so thankful for opportunities to build relationships, to build fellowship and the gift of his friendship. I am thankful for our time at the church picnic and meals we shared in fellowship groups.
The church picnic is coming up soon.
The annual MCC Family Picnic on Sunday, October 6th, from 1:00-4:00pm. Bring your food, drinks, blanket or chairs, and lawn games and spend an afternoon with your church family at Embudo Hills Park.
Who will you get to know better?
Who will you build a connection with?
I would encourage you to plan to attend, to spend time with someone new, dig deeper, and take that next step to living life together. Hope to see you there!
MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch this Sunday, January 12 after second service in the Fellowship Hall. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! No RSVP needed. Contact Sarah with questions.
It’s time for The CareNet Baby Bottle drive! Please take a bottle off the table in the foyer, fill it with your spare change or cash, and return it to the table by January 19! Contact Joann Tallant with any questions.
The MCC Missions Team is hosting "Missions in Focus" Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 at MCC! It is a family-friendly, interactive event celebrating what God is doing locally and internationally! Enjoy a cultural meal, hear speakers active in local and foreign missions, and participate in activities for a chance to win prizes. Each night will be unique, educational and fun! Contact Emily Gray to RSVP or get involved!
The Women’s Community Bible Study resumes Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30pm AND Wednesday, January 15 at 9:15am with Max Lucado’s “Unshakable Hope” study. Childcare is available for the Wednesday morning study only. Contact Pam Cravens for Wednesday mornings or Sharon Albonico for Tuesday evenings.
Praying with others in community is rich! Join us any weekday morning for prayer at 6:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Scott Walker for more info.
We are updating the church directory and will be taking new directory photos January 19 and 26 in the Fellowship Hall! Please make sure to update your contact information and your photo if A) we don’t have it in the current directory or B) you look different than you did 3 years ago! Either way, we’d like a new photo and updated contact for you so please stop by and update your info!
Looking for some Biblical financial tools for 2020? Come join us for the Living Debt Free Workshop on February 1 from 9:00am – 3:00pm in the Fellowship Hall! Practical topics including what the Bible says about money, how to set up a spending plan, saving, debt payoff, and more! Lunch and child care provided! Sign up in the foyer or call Elisa Trullinger.