Sunday, August 5, 2007

Authentic Community #3

The third community that we are a part of is our church family. Now this concept of a "church family" becomes all the more interesting considering that we left our "church" over two months ago. Our current "church family" consists of individuals who participate in a handful of various "churches" and some who currently aren't taking part in the "institutional church" at all. For a great illustration/discussion of how this works, read this book. This community gets together informally every two weeks on a Friday night for a social gathering (bars, pool halls, bowling, darts, clubs, restaurants, our own homes, the beach, etc.) They also spread out and participate in a handful of various Bible studies held in various people's homes, praying for each other, and sometimes even worshipping in song. (Like the Dinner & Discussion that we host every two weeks. Have I mentioned that you're invited? Of course, you're also invited to any of the social gatherings as well.)

I would describe this group as "tightly knit", despite the fact that they probably don't see each other as often as they'd like to. Regular communication takes place via phone, email, myspace, etc.

When my wife and I went to Michigan last month for my father's funeral, we returned to find that this group had gotten together and collected money to give to us - they presented us with a great sympathy card with messages from everyone and an envelope stuffed with almost a thousand dollars in cash. Unbelievable.

Our common denominator: Our love for Jesus and our dedication to be on mission with Him in the community in which He has placed us.


Natty Bummpo said...

you should photoshop me into those pics!!!

Revolutionite said...

awww we love you guys too.

Candlelight Girl said...

"I would describe this group as "tightly knit", despite the fact that they probably don't see each other as often as they'd like to."

I second that thought. For the first time in 7 years of being in SFL, we finally have a group of like minded (for the most part) friends that we know we can count on if we ever need anything. Even if we only see each other once every week or two.

Thank you for doing the litmus test about a year ago and inviting us into the group. I'm glad we passed. Speaking of the first gathering we were at, when is the next poker game?

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