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Third & Adams Street, PO Box 9774, Moscow, Idaho USA | (208) 882-3715

Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - April 3, 2017

Recently I was reading a book on church leadership and one of the questions it asked is "What is God doing in the life of your new attendees?" It made me wonder a couple of things: 1) Who are all the new attendees? 2) Can our members identify them and call them by name? 3) How do we do at identifying what God is doing in our lives?

Before I asked any of you, I asked myself...who are the new folks? I made a list of those who have come to the church (and continued to attend at least once a month) since I arrived last July. Can you guess how many are on that list? I think you might be surprised.

I wrote them down, one name at a time, and, including children, there are 24. Does that surprise you? It kind of wow'd me. I have met them and know them by name, but I hadn't done the math and 24 seemed like a pretty hearty number. (There are even more if you look at just a few months prior to July). But beyond that, the real question is, do you know them? Have you met them? Do you look for them (or any other guests) when you come to worship? Do you seek them out to say welcome?

Our Sunday night small group spent a good bit of time talking about what it means to be welcoming, to be at church for more than ourselves, and how we offer a warm welcome when we may not know who is new and who is not? We all enjoy coming to worship and catching up with our friends. And, at the same time, it's important to be mindful of those who are new and don't know where to connect. (or even those who come regularly but don't receive a warm welcome). As the church--the body of Christ--this is a job that belongs to each of us (yes, even the introverts).

This Sunday, I'd encourage you to say hello to at least 3 people that you don't normally greet. Stretch yourself. Walk across the aisle (or the entire church!). Say good morning. Ask how their week was. Tell them it's good to see them. You may or may not know their name. That's ok (it's even ok to say, "I know I should know your name, but I just can't remember). Some of us are anxious about greeting people we don't know for fear of saying "Welcome, are you new here?" to someone who has been attending for years. I totally get that. So, instead of saying, "Are you new?" you could simply say, "Welcome!" or "It's good to see you this morning!" or "I look forward to seeing you again." If you're really feeling brave you could ask, "What's something wonderful that happened this week?" or "I've been looking for signs of God at work lately, is there anything you've seen?"

You never know when your friendly greeting might be what lifts someone's spirit, or allows them to feel noticed, or confirms that this really is the church where God is calling them to be.

 

Have a blessed week!
Pastor Debbie

 

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Sunday morning parking at the church is available in the high school parking lot on Third Street across from the church and in the city lots west of the church. These lots are available only on Sunday mornings. A small lot for handicapped parking is available just off of Adams Street on the north side of the church, with an accessible entrance directly into the sanctuary. A lift operates between the Fellowship Hall (3rd Street level) and the Sanctuary . William Sound System Receivers and Headsets are available to assist with hearing problems.

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