Who knew that it would take SO long to find a place to call "home". We have almost been in Nashville a year now. Crazy to say that. It really has not felt like a year. We have visited many churches. Ones we walked in and knew they were not fir us, others we have visited for a while and never quite fit in. We are not alone in our quest for a church home. There are friends of ours that have been here longer than us that are still struggling to find a place of Worship. How can that be in a town as large as Nashville and with so many places to visit? Certainly we could find one that not only "fits" us, but one where we can be welcomed at! Maybe it is the fact that there are so many to choose from.
We have been visiting the last 3 weeks at Community Church of Hendersonville. It has been an amazing experience. The classes are wonderful and the people are as friendly as we have yet to meet! I think the first day there we met at least 20 people. Yesterday as we walked into the Sanctuary, imagine our surprise to look on the front pew and see none other than Lynne Lawson! Now for those of you who do not attend Levy, Lynn is one of the most amazing women you will ever meet. She is one of those women that loves you no matter what, is truly interested in your life and invests herself in you. You are her family (and she has a ton of real family right there!). She was as surprised to see us. I had not made the connection before, but her son, Kevin, is the worship leader at Community. After I but two and two together, he certainly looks like his mom! It was so refreshing to see a familiar face. It was also wonderful to visit with her and get caught up on the family. She introduced us to her grandchildren (2 of which I remember talking to her after they were born) and her son and daughter in law. She and Tom sure did raise some wonderful children.
Last night we attended a home group for the first time. They have them once a month, so we were blessed to meet many families there. It was exciting and interesting. There was such diversity there. They are doing the Nooma series. It was quite interesting. One of the neatest things about Community is that we have been able to "re-kindle" so to speak a relationship with Jason and Lea. We knew them in college and it has been amazing to re-connect. Maybe we have found a church home. Maybe not, the Lord will reveal it soon (hopefully).