So it’s August today. Time flies!
I had a great response on a couple of my blog posts this week that really encouraged me and help me think of things differently. I always tend to want to try harder and figure out how to make things happen. I have been encouraged by the comments on these posts to learn to trust God, lean on Him, rest in Him, and not try to make things happen through my own strength and by my own understanding. Thanks to all who shared their thoughts!
Stephanie’s orientation went very well. She is just going to take one class in the fall to try to ease her way into things. She is excited for the opportunity to learn and meet new people.
We had dinner on Friday night with our friends who just moved back from PA. They have four little ones and we brought our two girls with us. Everyone had a great time. The kids were all running around screaming and being wild. They were having a great time! It’s nice to have dinner with a family who has kids. They don’t get annoyed every time the conversation is interrupted by a fussy kiddo. We talked a lot about the church. They want to start something to help local churches work together more, and they feel very strongly about promoting unity among the broader body of Christ.
Saturday I had coffee with a friend. He is a youth pastor at a local church. We had a great conversation. He shared some of his background with me and told me some of the things that he thinks are really important when pastoring youth. He shared a lot about integrating the youth within the broader church family. He also talked about how he felt it was his job to work with families to help parents disciple their own children. A big thing he emphasized was discipleship in real everyday life and how important that is for youth and all believers and how he felt that we as the American church in general have strayed from that. I really enjoyed talking with him!
We have talked a little about starting some kind of study group. I had an idea to start a New Testament Greek study group. I thought it could be fun and maybe insightful and definitely give us a chance to look at the New Testament. Ultimately it would just give us a chance to get to know some people better. The only issues are that I don’t know anyone who could teach a group like this, I don’t know if we could do it without a teacher or someone who knows the language well, and I don’t know if anyone would be interested in something like this.
We are hopefully having a couple people over for dinner this afternoon. They have expressed interest in being a part of a community of believers so I’m sure we will have the opportunity to get to talk more about that.
I am planning on getting together with a pastor in the area sometime soon. He is a good friend and I always enjoy talking with him. He wants to include more community minded elements into his church and is trying to start missional communities in some of the more outlying areas around us. He seems to really want to move into more of a Christ centered community than a program driven institution.
I plan on sharing a 3 part series on my blog this week inspired by an email from a good friend. I really hope you will get the chance to read it because I think it may be interesting and it deals with some of the most common ideas surrounding the church. I would love to get some feedback on those posts.
We have made a lot of connections. Please pray that those will grow into deeper friendships. Also pray that our understanding of the church and our role within that might continue to grow. I realize as we become more proactive that I have no idea what I am doing!
For now, enjoy the rest of the day. It is beautiful, sunny and cool here in Southern Maine. Hope it is just as lovely where you are. God is great and we are continuously amazed at the way he chooses to bless us!