Sunday, November 30, 2008
This weekend, we had an organizational meeting at our church for the children's program. Because we have more children than anyone else at church (for now, anyway...Congrats, Willistons!), I am, of course, very interested in what they are planning, and I'm sure everyone would have wondered where I was if I had not attended. Our church is very young, with very young people who are not yet married, and if they are, most do not yet have children. A few months ago, it was announced that our church was in the process of scouting out locations for a second church home. We will still have church in the evening in downtown, and we will add a second service at a location in south Tulsa, with a morning service. At the time, I assumed that we would just be copying our current setup, but tonight I found out that is not the case. The plan is to move the time to even later on Sunday nights in the downtown location without Gathering Kids, and then the south Tulsa location will be in the mornings with a complete children's ministry. We have enjoyed going to the Gathering so much, and have really learned a lot about ourselves and how to be Christians who are accepting of everyone and reach out to and love everyone, giving as much as we can to whoever may need it and treating everyone the way Jesus would have treated them, all of which have become our desires for us and our children since we started going to the Gathering. But we want to attend church in our area, on our side of town, and we will not be going to south Tulsa to attend church. So, this week we will begin looking for a new church home, somewhere the kids will flourish and really love to learn about God. That means we will be giving up our small group, and leaving the people we have come to love very much as our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are both very sad about this, but we are sure that God will lead us in the right direction. In the meantime, we'll be praying for what we are supposed to do.