This past Sunday was a great day! We baptized 5 new believers, they were young people, and their families came to church. We had a packed house, and we had an amazing meal together afterward.
Beyond that, we had guests we specifically invited for our Homecoming services: Baptist Children's Home brought two cottages of kids (we work with them year round). They brought kids of all ages, and it was just a lot of fun getting to know them and feeding them. We even let one shoot our VBS rocket over 1,000 feet in the air!
In talking with different folks on Sunday, a conversation about the friendliness of our people came up. I'm always curious to hear about that aspect of our "welcome" from first-time guests. And the news from this past weekend was great! (Again!)
Without talking negatively about other churches, the conversation quickly moved to the idea that our church feels warm, inviting, and more like a family atmosphere. The congregation as a whole on a Sunday morning offers guests a genuine idea of fellowship and welcome.
Going beyond that specific period of time, however, I want to say that it's vital that people who show up to church sense that this group of people truly care about each other. After all, Jesus said to His disciples, "By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
So, to my church family, I want to say, "Thank you, and I love you!"
To those who haven't been our guests yet, let me welcome and invite you to join us soon!