Phyllis and I attended a fund raising dinner at a local church this week. The experience underscored what our guests too often face.
The parking lot was full so we parked a fair distance from several unmarked entry points. I was reminded of the value of signage now in place at Alsbury.
After finding the first doors locked we located an unlocked opening and joined those gathered at the end of a long hallway. I was thankful for the parking lot and front door greeters who serve at Alsbury.
We stood in a serving line, surrounded by strangers who spoke with one another but paid little attention to us. I recognized the value of friendly, engaging individuals.
Food in hand, we passed fully occupied tables to join a couple sitting alone. We introduced ourselves but there was little conversation. Soon they left us by ourselves.
A young, expectant mother and her small child joined us. People spoke to the young family, obviously familiar with them, but never spoke to us. I wondered if we speak to people we know while overlooking those we don’t.
We finished our meal and left without fanfare. I did, however, grab a second dessert for the road. I thought of people who attend a service at Alsbury and leave in similar fashion.
April’s theme has been “connection.” We have been challenged to make connecting with others a priority. God does his greatest work through a well-connected community.
Are you part of a small group?
If not, you will have the opportunity to connect with a Small Group Leader this Sunday.
Are you purposefully and intentionally engaging others in conversation?
If not, I hope you will this Sunday.
Alsbury is a place where barriers are eliminated and connection is possible. That’s the goal, anyway. I hope you are helping to make that goal a reality.
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