A church is more than a building. A synonym for church should be family. I am soooo incredibly thankful for my church family. Last weekend we witnessed a piece of heaven descending and it appeared in unlikely looking packages. Our church hosted a family in-town retreat. Every family that came participated in meaningful ways, knitting our hearts with chains of fellowship. Palpable love. From hugging babies to squeezing together doing dishes, we felt harmonized by heavenly chords.
We kicked off the weekend with a pig roast potluck. Yum! We also had brisket and hot dogs, so every tummy got full and we packed away enough pulled pork for another family dinner. The brownie bake-off produced an 8-foot table laden with enough chocolate to make Hershey himself proud. Haley’s lemon brownies disappeared in a hurry though, so a few non-chocolaholics may reside among us.
Ray and the Wise Guys kept everyone laughing through Holywood Squares. Their creativity amazed me. I mean, John the Baptist came with his head on a charger, for heaven’s sake! What does that tell you? Vanna White couldn’t be there, so she recommended her cousin Hannah Green. We live among a lot of ingenious people!
Saturday we enjoyed the spoken word, cake decorating, and classes with personal study guides. An afternoon virtue walk brought personal ministry. Recreation proved so enjoyable it was hard to drag folks away from the game boards for pictures. Colin brought a drone for an aerial picture of us all…what will people think of next?
The retreat topped off with dinner at the Mountain Top Cafe, a message from BJ, a hayride and campfire. The artistic talent, musical offerings, spoken ministry and teamwork of the entire branch just put the icing on the cupcake. Literally. We all enjoyed Cupcake Mountain.
A branch is a family, a really large extended family. Being in close quarters with everyone participating, made us feel more like a family than ever. Sure, we have our characters, but what family doesn’t? We also have enough love to spill over and wash us with joy, so yeah, I love my church family! A church isn’t a building. It’s a family.