This past week, Adam asked me if I wanted to go to the new sunday school class starting up at church. I was thrilled. I think Sunday School classes are a way to meet people and learn more about God and in our case the history/beliefs of our church. We went this past Sunday and it was good.
Our pastor handed out this Family Tree of Religious Groups
It was really fun to look at. I learned a lot. I have grown up in the church all my life but I actually didn't know which denominations were more closely related than others. I also had no idea that my home church's denomination was actually it's own. I grew up in an Independent Bible Church and had always been told that we were close to Baptists but didn't line up with everything they believe in so we were independent of them. Also very interesting to see that both Independent Bible Churches and Mennonite churches came from the Anabaptists. This was super interesting to me because I went to a Mennonite middle school and high school but never thought we had that much in common (oh how I was wrong). Also Brethren in Christ was another denomination that I heard a lot about in high school but didn't realize that a) they came from Anabaptists as well and b) that they were sort of like cousins to the Nazerene (Adam's Church), Wesleyan (IWU's affiliation), Free Methodist, and Salvation Army Churches (I didn't even know this was church till college) which are all under the Wesleyan-Holiness Churches (Asbury's affiliation). It was really cool to see where all the churches I have been exposed to relate to each other.
I met this girl in sunday school that I hope to be friends with. She moved here from San Diego to get her Ph. D in something smart and so is fairly new to the area. I am also new to the area and would love to have a Christian friend.
After church, we were invited over for lunch (or dinner as everyone seems to call it) at a cute older couples house. It was really more of a feast and was really amazing. Tacos, enchiladas, guacamole, and dessert. Yummy! There were several people there (couples and singles alike) and it was really fun to get to know people more than the meet n greet part of the service each week.