What she wore: blue, three-quarter length sleeve, polo shirt; blue jeans; black strappy slides.
Well, I’m posting two Sundays in a row! I’m putting this out there because so many people expressed an interest in my new church. I don’t normally write too much about church because for me faith is more about what you do and less about what you say (I know that one’s going to get a lot of comments).
I was raised Catholic and was baptized as a child and confirmed as a teen in the Catholic church. About two years after my confirmation, my church had some issues and my whole family got sort of disgusted with the place. The head priest gave mean sermons, people were insulted for not coming in the appropriate clothes, and things started to seem like they were more about money than anything else. Also, I, personally, felt that attending church was a lot of pressure to look a certain way. I’d get up to go and then change my mind because I didn’t have anything to wear.
This continued for many years. I married in the Catholic church, but didn’t attend regularly.
About a year ago, one of my students asked me to be her confirmation sponsor. I accepted and took this as my invitation to return to church. I enjoyed being her sponsor, but I moved at the end of the year.
When I got to Arkansas, I asked around, but could find little information on local Catholic churches. I knew that I needed to go SOMEWHERE, but going to church alone in a strange city is tough.
Recently, Mr. K’s wife invited me to a Wednesday service at their church. She offered to drive me over there and everything. Well, that was the kind of offer I needed, so I went. It was Ok, and I decided to return on Sunday.
Well, Sunday blew my mind. There was a loud band, people were wearing jeans, some people even had coffee cups in church. There was a video and many people seemed to be involved in service. The sermon that day talked about ACTION. I felt like they were singing my song. Often, I hear people talk about what we shouldn’t be doing, and that just didn’t ring true for me. For me, Christianity has always been the daily expression of those values in ACTION. You know, a little less talk and a lot more action!
So, I’ve decided to join. It’s non-denomiational, and they don’t care what church you grew up in. You can get baptized if you think you need it, but you don’t have to. Every week they have opportunities for you to get involved. I’m lovin’ it.
This is a hot button issue for many. I hope y’all are doin’ OK, and I haven’t scared anyone off.
PS: Finished guesstimating my taxes and the hub and I owe about $950–I hate this crap. It’s always ’cause of his income, not mine–luckily, we suspected this would happen (since it happened last year), and we’ve been squirreling money away for this occasion. Hope your returns are happier.