Why I Love My Church


About a year after we moved to Lincoln, my husband and I went "church shopping." Although I wasn't a believer at the time, I wanted to offer my kids a chance at faith, a foundation on which to build belief. So Brad and I launched our search.

The first church we visited was a tiny white structure on the east side of town. I knew immediately it wasn't the place for me. While the members couldn't have been more welcoming, I could see it reflected in their eager eyes: They wanted to recruit us for "activities" and "volunteering" and "service." I knew I wouldn't be able to slip in and out unnoticed.

...Find out how the rest of our church search went: my story continues at the Lincoln Journal Star...

deodate  – (February 3, 2011 at 3:38 AM)  

Beautiful Michelle, just what 'church' is meant to be. You are lucky to have found this and they are blessed to have you.
Andie

Alicia  – (February 3, 2011 at 3:51 AM)  

This is wonderful. I am a member of an ELCA church too, I really love the ELCA. They know how to make a church home!

kendal  – (February 3, 2011 at 5:02 AM)  

i love this story! and the moses and aaron and hur is a favorite. i love that it's in the newspaper, too!

Nancy  – (February 3, 2011 at 6:19 AM)  

So jazzed that you have this opportunity to use your gifts and write about your faith, inviting others to consider Jesus. Nice piece on the blessing of community. Well done.

Kim  – (February 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM)  

I love this story, and I'm so glad you found a home at Southwood. If you hadn't how would we have met?

The image you have with today's post gives my heart hope for Spring flowers in the deadness of this long winter. I might keep it on my screen all day!

Helen  – (February 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM)  

This post was very encouraging to me! A few months ago I started a small Women's Prayer Group at my parish. We are few in number, but have already been helped to bolster one another.

Jennifer  – (February 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM)  

Great article, Michelle! I love the Bible story of Moses that you mentioned.

And I think it's wonderful that you get to share about your faith in the paper. Our paper got rid of the Faith and Values section that it used to have. It's really too bad.

H. Gillham  – (February 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM)  

Oh man do we need those "people who will keep us busy till sunset."

I love the honestly in your slipping off to B&N to sip lattes and flip through People. LOL

People magazine. Talk about content free.

Love ya.

Great post, as always.

T. Anne  – (February 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM)  

I've just read through some of your posts and you are an amazingly gifted writer. Congrats on your Rachelle win!

Lori  – (February 3, 2011 at 2:41 PM)  

Michelle, I really respect your decision to introduce your kids to church even though you weren't a participant yourself! So glad you found a wonderful church home, I had one and am still looking for another :-) Lori

deb colarossi  – (February 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM)  

You live so intentionally , I admire that Michelle.

and need me some more of iit.

S. Etole  – (February 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM)  

I'll head that way but first I want to savor all this color.

Deidra  – (February 3, 2011 at 10:52 PM)  

Flowers! Oh! I remember flowers!

L.L. Barkat  – (February 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM)  

I'm just stuck on those flowers. Those!

A gift of golden light 'midst this rain and fog and cold. :)

Leslie  – (February 7, 2011 at 8:53 AM)  

I'm glad you have people to hold up your hands...

Deidra  – (April 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM)  

Flowers! Oh! I remember flowers!

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