In the last town I lived in, when I was still in a mental place of trying to make it work, trying to find a niche for me, I happened upon (in a church bulletin) that there was a women's prayer group, and immediately I thought - this is IT!
Because my thought was about community: that we would get together f2f and pray +
Then I found out it wasn't f2f, but a telephone tree deal: this one calls that one, and - when you're that one - you call the next one.
Ok, sure - different kind of community!
Well any time I ever got a call, it was some harried woman (and not just one - I heard from several like this) who couldn't even say hello, who just barked out prayer requests and couldn't even make a "nice weather we're having" conversation ... and then came the time when I went to call the next person, and I got a 12 year old playing Junior G.I., who refused to give her mother the phone because I didn't play Suspect to her Detective.
And that, finished THAT.
So I was blog surfing a while back now and I found a link to read the Bible in 90 days. I wasn't especially interested in having the Bible on a timeline (what, it gets a 90 day piece at the end?) but as I am interested in the Bible, I clicked on to see more and --
Hey, wow! You join this group to do this, see ... and you're put into a specific email group of a number of people ...and so you do this all together - you know - like a community :)
I liked this idea! I not only signed up, but I told others about it, too.
The Welcome emails started. So I contributed one myself. Hi! I am ...
Then it was dawning on me that several women had mentioned starting the readings and - hmm. I haven't seen them in my email ...? Well, I'll just email the leader of the group ...
Apparently, the 90 day plan is on a website. It actually looks like a bookmark. Each day is given some Scriptures to read.
So you're referring me to a bookmarker that I could easily pick up at my local Family Christian Store?
And then once a week we're all supposed to email each other and say we are on schedule, or we're not on schedule?
AND THIS IS A COMMUNITY?! Am I missing something here?! Please, someone tell me if I'm missing something! Because this is something I can do completely on my own time ...
Without pretending there is a community I'll interact with.