We visited the Orchard again this week. We visited there last week as well, but I didn't have a chance to post about it last week so I will start actually last Saturday.
We are for the moment, like many others, in a very tight financial situation. The pressure was really getting to me. And even more than the money I was really feeling separated from everyone I know I can go to for support - my church family. In prayer, I asked that God would lay us on the heart of someone who could help. My quiet time is right before I go to bed so after making my request I settled in for a my typical restless nights "sleep"
We decided to visit the Orchard again. We have friends and acquaintances there, but no one knew that we were coming. Indeed, Timothy and I were both fighting colds so I didn't make any plans because until we got up and I said that I did feel up to going to church. Much to my surprise someone said that the Lord had put on his heart to help us and he was so glad to see us there and offer what he could.
I was just astounded. Yes, I had asked God for just that. I don't know that I doubted that he would do it, but i don't really think that I believed it fully either. It was just to stunning and wonderful to witness His faithfulness even in the face of my less than perfect faith.
This week we visited there again. I will say that it was much more enjoyable when I wasn't sick. the minister teaches Emily's SS class and she just loves it. Timothy and Eva are both in the youth class and love it as well. The sermons are good and the people are great. Right now they are meeting in a local high school so I can't say much about the facilities, because other than a plot of land they really don't have any.
I know that there is no such thing as a perfect church - and even if there were if I joined there, it would no longer be perfect. But one thing that I just don't care for is the adult SS. I think that part of it is the subject matter. The book that they are studying is not one of my favorites which doesn't make me want to jump right in. Also the man that is teaching it has not been well and I think that might be why he has taken such a subdued approach to teaching. So I am not exactly eager to jump right it.
So those were our weeks there and we are planning to spend a few more there - probably through the end of the month and then we may check out another one an "park there for a while.
Today was the second Sunday so we had our monthly service at our church that closed. Every second Sunday we have a pot luck and get some fellowship and a really good sermon. One family or group makes the main dish and then everyone brings sides. Tonight we were the family that made the main dish. Tom and I each made a HUGE pot of soup. I made cream of potato and tom made Italian wedding. I also make home made dinner rolls. All of it was well received.
Now at last I are home from a LONG day of being on my feet, and the bathtub is calling...so I am off to relax after being up since 5:30 this morning.
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