Faith: Building Community Pew by Pew

first_imgFaith Leader Q&A Interview Faith: Building Community Pew by Pew By MARY TRETTER Lake Avenue Communications Director with MARY BOYLE & NANCY SMITH Published on Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 9:30 am Subscribe Community News When Mary Boyle first received the invitation she thought it was a great idea and was looking forward to meeting people, especially being fairly new to the Lake Avenue Church community.She shared, “As often happens at church, worshipers find themselves sitting in the same general area and pews of the Worship Center each week. We smile and say hello to the people we sit near, but usually don’t really have an opportunity to get to know them.”Recently Tom and Nancy Smith came up with an idea for their Section M, rows 1 through 14 worshipers. They decided to host a “Get to Know Our Family” potluck lunch at their home. For the next two weeks they placed colorful invitations on the seats in those rows inviting whoever sat there to the potluck. Guests were invited to bring a dish to share  a favorite or cultural specialty.Boyle continued, “My husband and I decided to go because we love to meet people and feel more a part of things at Lake. Sunday, August 21, over 40 LAC worshipers came to the potluck. The next few hours were spent eating delicious food and getting to know each other. We now have names and blossoming friendships with our section neighbors.”When asked to share why she decided to do this, Nancy said “Everyone has a need to build relationships where they worship but there isn’t time for that on a Sunday morning, so I thought we could create an opportunity for just that. I was inspired to help people follow through on our church’s Guiding Statement, emphasizing the second Community Essential: Learning in Diverse Communities.”Everyone loved the idea for helping make this large diverse congregation into a smaller community of new friends. The gathering was made up of all ages and backgrounds; some have attended Lake Avenue for years but there were many newcomers as well.Nancy continued, “Until you know some names and faces and share a meal together with people in our ‘unexpected family,’ a Worship Center like ours can feel big and lonely. Spending time together outside of the church building shrinks the facility and builds the Church Body. Everyone benefits. It wasn’t hard, and it has been very rewarding! You can even contact me if you want help with planning, just e-mail me at [email protected] or call (626) 817-4568.”In closing Boyle said, “As relatively new members of the LAC community, this simple, casual get together made my husband and I feel especially welcomed and at home.” It’s Community Weekend! Visit us in the Lobby where you can connect with groups and ministries!Lake Avenue Church, 393 North Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 844-4700 or visit www.lakeave.org. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img

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