Monday, January 12, 2009

No pictures, just peace

Sunday was a good day.

We finally embarked on the find-a-new-church journey. Because we don't know anyone here, we didn't even have "real people" recommendations. No, we were going off really reliable information like "hey, their building looks nice from the interstate," or, "this seems to be about the same size as Westgate." Nice way to pick your spiritual home, I know. But don't judge.

So, choice A yesterday was the looks-nice-from-I-65 option. Overachiever that I am, I made the first mistake of the day. We got to the church a little too early, and there were no greeters or ushers or anyone in the lobby -- they were all still in Sunday School. So, I felt slighted and unwelcome. Strike one (which, I know, is unfair, but it's how I felt). But we got Seth settled in the nursery, though I had some reservations when they put him in the 15-30 month room and he looked like a shrimp compared to the other toddlers. He jumped right in, though, running away from us, and choosing his toys.

We settled into the sanctuary, and my tears began to fall. I had a hard time explaining to Jim what was wrong, but I think it boils down to that this was the first thing that really made this move seem real. Instead of walking around being greeted by name, getting ready to get my mic for praise team, I was sitting, lonely, in a seat, feeling like a second-grader on the first day at a new school.

But things quickly began to turn around when the first person to come up and recognize us as visitors was the pastor. And he was great -- boisterous with a booming voice, and he quickly made us feel right at home. And the worship was great, and the sermon was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. I think we're both tempted to settle down right away, but we're going to give it a few more weeks and try out Option B and maybe a few others....but there is great peace knowing that there is a church close by that will fit our needs when the time comes.

And, then.

Then we got to have dinner with Sarah and Mike. Sarah is as sweet and charming as she comes across on her blog, and she put me totally at ease to play hostess when my house is still in disarray and not all that clean. We shared a great meal; she bought this incredible salad that I pan to eat all week long, and Jim grilled steaks and chicken that even Mike, the Sarah-proclaimed grill master, gave props to. Yum!

I have a new friend, and I feel so blessed.

(I also think I have a cold, but that's another post.)

I know my blogging has been a little all over the place, both in content and frequency. Sorry? Stay faithful, dear reader, I plan to make it better.

Happy Monday, y'all.


Anonymous said...

All it takes is one good friend and it sounds like you have found it with Sarah. The first long distance move is the hardest but you will learn quickly. You are fortunate to have Seth, children are always the ice breakers. Give yourself some time, I promise it will get easier. Take it from the expert. I like the ya"ll. Have a great day. Call anytime. Love from St. Augustine

Sara said...

Sounds like a good first visit, Monica! I can barely find a new church UP HERE let alone in a new city. LOL To answer your question from my blog, I started doing stuff like baking with Zeke when he was able to start following directions. I'll shoot you an e-mail later with more specifics on how we got to this point. :) Glad you had a good dinner with your new friends! YAY!

Anonymous said...

I know how it is settling in to a new place. I've done it 3 times in 9 years. It's overwhelming and scary but it sounds like you are making progress. I hope you continue to make friends and find your spiritual home.

Kendra said...

Hooray for a great Sunday!! I know what it is like to church hunt with no recommendations...scary and overwhelming! But God knows where He wants you!!
Praying for you!!

Sarah said...

Just now got the chance to get on the was sooo much fun to meet and visit you and Jim yesterday!! We can't wait to do it again; next time at our house.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and enjoying this journey we are on together, as friends.

By the way...uncover the casserole before you bake it!

Meredith said...

Welcome to Nashville! I found you via Nesting in Pleasantview.

I'm on the south side of the city, but if there's anything you need as you settle in, don't hesitate to email me!

Amy said...

Another welcome to Nashville! I'm in the Brentwood area, and I know Meredith - came over to say hello when she mentioned you on Twitter this morning.

I hope you're coming to Blissdom so I can meet you.

Welcome to our fair city!

Michelle Smiles said...

Sent over my Meredith so I came to say Welcome!

I lived in Ohio until I was 31 - south of Akron/Canton. Then a few years in Pittsburgh and about 18 months ago we moved to Nashville. It takes some getting used to certain things but it is a nice place. Hope you enjoy the warmer weather!

Crista said...

Hey M! You're officially the first person to get a comment from me on this thing (lucky you!) I am glad that things are starting off well for you. Know that I am praying for you that you continue to settle in and enjoy your new home and all it has to offer. I felt the same way when we moved to NC...but it did get easier! And just think, now you live closer to me (somewhat!)--that makes any move worth it ;) I love you, girl! Keep your faith up and GOD will guide and direct you in your church, friends, etc. Love you!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I found your blog through another that I've read. I know how difficult it can be to find a new church home; my husband and I have been at our new church for 6 months now and LOVE it! The people there are so welcoming. You should visit Madison Church of Christ if you're in the Madison/Hendersonville area.