The church I attend is quite a unique one. Honestly it would have to be to suit me :) It is called The Garden and meets in an old mansion now rented out mostly for wedding receptions.
In the first photo, you will notice a little perk that makes the church experience even better.
Yes, all the donuts and bagels one could wish for lay spread across several tables for all to enjoy. Oh, wait, now I seem very shallow. Well....this probably won't help either then :)
Another fantastic thing about the church is the music. There is a wonderful band with guitars and drums, just 3 fellows and then a mix of different singers. And the music goes from 60's nostalgia to contemporary radio tunes. Above you will see Journey, Jason Mraz and Kung Fu Fighting.
And last week we had a Billy Joel tune, Lean On Me and a Metallica ditty which was sung by the preacher. You will also see we feature videos that help with the message. One Sunday they were all from Kung Fu Panda 2.
There are usually sheets in the bulletin that help preview the message for the day along with a Bible quote from a very, very modern translation. For example, when Jesus told Peter he would deny Him, in this version, Peter told Jesus not to worry because "I got your back." Which is almost as out of place as some of the dialogue from that last Star Trek movie but much more cute.
And I lead off with all of that to get to this, the real reason I find myself enjoying this church so much. It is exactly on target for where I am at. Check out those core values. Those are the focus of my life. Not a bunch of "gotcha" rules, not judging one another, but love and acceptance, tolerance, compassion, joy. I can feel comfortable being myself in this place, feel OK about being someone who doesn't feel the need to do things like everyone else. It is one of the reasons I like blogging so much and commenting on other blogs. The freedom to be me without worrying about how its received. Because I know, with no doubt, my words are written with love as their only motivation. I have no agenda other than to encourage, praise, comfort, share. I have nothing to sell, no need for a date, not trying to get 1000 blog followers. I am only, always speaking from my heart and it makes me so happy on those rare times when someone gets that, and appreciates that. But I have wondered off point, which I haven't done for a while so I was WAY past due :)
This is the room the service is held in. It is very lovely. And, guess what, it happened yet again...
California "Callie" Pickles decided to crash another of my photo shoots telling me it is time for bed.
And how can anyone resist that cute face :) So off to bed I go. Hope you enjoyed my Donut Church post. You are all, of course, welcome if you are ever in the neighborhood. Just don't try and take my powdered sugar donut :) Such a wonderful bunch you are and such a lucky blogger I am to have you guys here :)
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