Making the Rounds
I find myself not in a crisis of faith, but a crisis of faith community. I can't seem to find a place to call my church home. So I've been visiting area churches. Recently I've been to a church, twice, that does things like send visitors emails and letters. And the people in the Sunday school class reach out to strangers and remember our names. Sounds simple, but in my experience the majority of churches aren't skilled in hospitality. They might have newcomers' committees and the like, but true hospitality involves making someone feel at home. It takes more than parties and newsletters. And it can start with something as simple as this: "Are you new here?"
Shauntel Jennings has never slept like a baby. Even as an infant, her mother stood guard over her crib, waiting for her daughter to stop breathing. She shook Shauntel’s tiny body several times each night, rousing her from her breathless sleep.
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