Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
Other services may include:
Funerals and Memorial Services
Baby Dedication Services
There is obviously a large segment of our population, locally, regionally, and nationally, that sees little value in attending a church of their choice. People don’t attend church for a number of reasons, but the real reason is they see nothing of significant benefit coming from being part of a local congregation. I disagree with their assessment, but that remains what they believe.
I disagree for a number of reasons and I ran across an article from NPR that provides evidence for one of my reasons; loneliness. I believe people who attend church regularly and have a church family are less lonely. But, how lonely are we?
Elena Renken, an NPR science desk intern, reports that a recent report shows that “more than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship.” It should come as no surprise that our “workplace culture and conditions”, along with increased “Social media use” significantly impacts our feelings of loneliness. And it’s getting worse. “The report, led by the health insurer Cigna, found a 7% rise in loneliness since 2018, when the survey was first conducted.” So what, you might ask; what’s wrong with a little loneliness? As it turns out, quite a bit.
Pervasive loneliness "has widespread effects," says Bert Uchino, a professor at the University of Utah who studies relationships and health. It's strongly linked to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. More and more research suggests that its impacts don't end with mental health. Evidence is really pointing to the fact that relationships, the kinds of bonds you have with people, how close you are, how connected you feel to others, impact physical health as well.
So, am I suggesting that you regularly attend church just so you won’t be lonely? Yes and No. Yes because taking care of yourself is important, it’s scriptural, and it just makes good sense. No because your own loneliness is only one of many reasons to attend church regularly. What I am suggesting is this: Do you know someone who is lonely, who is at risk because of lack of relationships? If so, invite them to church. Go pick them up on Sunday. Make sure they feel a part of something beyond themselves. Help our church family help them. Help them be in relationship with us, with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. This is, after all, what we are called to do; you remember, that “love your neighbor” thing.
One more totally unrelated thing: If you have any interest in serving on the High Plains District Cabinet, we are in the process of nominating officers for this year. The cabinet meets three or four times each year on a Sunday afternoon by video conference for an hour or so. This is a way to be involved with other Disciples in our part of the Region. Talk to me for details. If you would rather ease into District relationships, consider sitting in on one of our meetings; I can get you that information.
See you Sunday!
Grace and Peace,