Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lent in Lowesville, VA

At Central, we have come through Ash Wednesday and are now in the Lenten Season. It is our joy to serve as a church in our community of Lowesville, VA. Blessings to all.

The season of Lent is a journey. A journey to any destination is a journey away from something. Whatever we have chosen to give up during Lent, I pray that God will help us to prepare our hearts. I pray that He will help us to reflect on where we are at on our journey.

Apart from our individual considerations this Lenten season, it is my prayer that our church will lean into what it means to serve as a community church in Lowesville, VA. We invite you to join us on that journey at Central. It is our desire to be a hospitable fellowship, a fellowship of God's people who are intentional in ministry. As a smaller rural congregation, we don't offer all the organized activities and programs that are found in larger churches. We are at peace with this and actually embrace being who we are, as a smaller fellowship of believers.

In the past, I have attended large churches. One church my family and I attended was considered a mega church. There were approximately 6000 in worship on Sunday mornings. It was a great experience. I am thankful for the time that we were given to be there. However, I noticed that in that environment, the church administration tried desperately to provide a small church experience for their members by setting up life groups during the week where a small group of people and families would meet, so as to give members a chance to know one another. It worked and it was very effective. Yet, I realized  that in essence, smaller churches already have that type of environment in place. Moreover, each of the smaller churches which I have been a part of... I have noticed something else, the small churches desperately attempt to become a larger church! My conclusion, large churches try to offer what smaller churches have and small churches try to offer what large churches have!

At this season of my life, as a minister, I serve in a small rural church which is located in a sparsely populated community comprised of much farmland. We are also near a National Forest. With this said, I am at peace with who we are, as a church fellowship. We are in a good place and as a smaller church fellowship, we have a lot to offer. We welcome you to join us on our journey as we learn together what it means to be a people of God serving all in our community of Lowesville, VA.

Small churches rock!!!

Blessings, Pastor Gary Anderson

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