God keeps showing up in unexpected places. One of our mission trippers shared a sense of God’s presence on the most daunting of roller coasters at the Mall of America. Not a fan of roller coasters typically, he asked someone else to dare it with him. When they took the 67-foot plunge straight down (I mean STRAIGHT down, faces to the floor), it was God and a friend who carried him through. “I couldn’t have done it alone,” he said. Solidarity. Friendship. Relationship.
Isn’t that what we’re looking for? Isn’t that what we want from our Church?
The beyond-Sunday level of relationships—which I’ve seen on the mission trip and at Tuesday morning breakfasts, the women’s retreat and lectio divina—are the ones that carry us through life’s steep plunges. It takes time to build such friendships with sisters and brothers in Christ.
A couple months ago as Lynn Sobotka and I were driving home from a church growth conference and reflecting on the women’s retreat, we discussed the value of deeper relationships in the church as the basis for our life of faith. We dreamed of 2015-16 being “a year of having fun together.”
That’s when she came up with the idea of a family campout for members of both churches. Lynn and Woody invite everyone to pitch a tent at the Sobotka Ranch. (See details in the newsletter.) We’ll hear the creation stories again, and celebrate God’s green earth with games, crafts, archery and a nature scavenger hunt, plus stargazing at night. We’ll grill our food, and wake up to birdsong and pancakes.
Jesus has promised to be there. You come too.
Having fun with you,
P.S. We’ll start the year at both churches with an all-church photo on Sep. 13, as the program year begins again. That means ALL-church! We need you to make it true!