Friday, October 10, 2008

My New Church

I had left my old church many, many ,many years ago, but I tried to keep to my beliefs. I knew I needed to find a new church but had lost all faith in churches. I am afraid of people and big crowds, so I knew I was going to have a problem with finding a church. I prayed for God to show me where I needed to be.

On June 18 of this year I had gone to the laundry mat to do laundry. I have been going there for over 6 years. Kevin , my hubby, and I were folding clothes when a very sweet older looking couple came in. They wanted to wash some shirts. The couple came over and sat at the table next to ours and started to watch the t.v. The man started to say things to Kevin and the lady started up a conversation with me. I am usually afraid to talk to new people but she made me feel at ease. I was not afraid.

We had a nice conversation with them while we were there. The man was a Pastor of a small church. they talked with us about the church and told us how they started it and all the work they had done." New Bethel Baptist Church" the Pastor said with a hint of pride in his voice. He made me want to go. They invited us to come one Sunday and before we left they gave us a flier for their church. We walked out and got into the van to leave. I kept the flier tightly clinched in my hand. I didn't want to lose it! I wanted to go! I told Kevin that I wanted to go. He agreed we would go as soon as I was ready too.

July 6, 2008 I finally went.
I was so scared to death.
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I could feel the lump in my throat. I could feel the tears start to come to my face. I could feel the fear returning. I had tried to go on 2 different Sundays but the fear was to great. I knew if I didn't go that day then I would never go. I even made Kevin drive down to the church and count how many cars were in the parking lot. When he came back and said only 4, I felt a little better. He then told me that is was time to go. I walked out to the van and got in. I turned to Kevin and said"Well am I going to make it there and into the building?". As Most of my close blogger friends know, yes I did make into the church and have gone every Sunday since. I still have fears of going places and meeting new people but going to church every Sunday has helped. Maybe someday I can beat this and be just like every one else, not afraid.
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Here are a couple of pictures so you can see it. I will add one later of the outside as soon as I take one. This is what you see when you walk in after walking up about 10 steps. It is a small church but very nice. The people there make you feel safe and are very friendly.This is Pastor Gregg and his wife. He is a very good preacher and I love to listen to him when he speaks. Mrs. Gregg is just the sweetest person. She likes to give me hugs when I go to leave. What I haven't told her is I like that she does. I find myself waiting to tell her good bye in hopes of getting one.

On July 13,2008 I went to a luncheon at the church. They church has one every month so we can all get together at fer services to eat and talk. When I first heard about it I got really excited, but was nervous. I wanted to cook something but was afraid no one would like what I cooked. I decided I was going to have to put my foot down and stop being afraid all the time.I took a walnut cake and got a lot of compliments on it. My cooking can never match up to the other ladies there but I can try. I will post the walnut cake recipe at a later date for those who would like to try it.It is the easiest cake to make.

On the August 17, 2008 There was a Guest Pastor. Pastor Kenny Alkire came to deliver the sermon. He was very good and I liked listening to him also. His wife came along with him and I enjoyed talking to her. She was a very sweet lady that made me smile every time I spoke to her.
I have not become a member of the church yet but I am considering it. I am enjoying the fellowship and good preaching so the out look is good.

God Bless and Have A Wonderful Weekend ! !


Robin said...

I'm So glad you overcame your fears and decided to check the church out. I have the same fright issues you do about new people/places. As you can tell, we are friendly, and we didn't kill you (yet! lol)
Now I just gotta get you up and sing with me...for the record,,,I AM NOT a member yet either, my husband is, but I AM NOT. I have been saved, but if I want to join the chuch, I will have to be baptized. (again) I was baptized by another Baptist chuch years ago, but Pastor Gregg says that that church wasn't scriptual? So anyway, I will have to go through doing that again. I only tell you this to let you know you are not alone. I have to to. I am still praying for God to give me the answer about joining this church. (actually not a church yet, but a mission)
I love the people and bro, Clyde, and sis Nancy are like my 2nd mom and dad. They are SO nice.
By the way..your walnut cake was VERY GOOD!! Ok, letting you with you later!

Roger said...

Thats awesome you found a place that you can feel comfortable at Sindi! :D

74WIXYgrad said...

Some people feel comfortable in a mega church, but I would feel lost there.

When you find a place where you feel home, that's where you need to be because that's where you will grow.

My wife and I were hurt by churches in the past. I was ready before she was to get back and the only reason she went was because I was there.

Let the people love on you and that will help you with your growth.

Michelle Dawn said...

I know how muchyou like the new church and I'm glad you got past your fears to attend. Way to go!

Mimi Lenox said...

This week we are memeing the movement to get it rolling along. You've been tagged by the Queen of Memes!
The Peace Meme

Kathy said...

Hi Sindi!
I am so glad to hear that you got back into church and that you are enjoying it!

Traveller said...

That's great! I'm so glad for you. This has really touched me and made me want to go to Church all the more.

74WIXYgrad said...

Oh, and Happy belated Birthday!

Amel's Realm said...

GOOD FOR YOU, Sindi! I'm SO happy to hear this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!