A beautiful community…
So we've been here in Morro Bay for 16 months. How time has flown, I still say we 'just' moved here when in reality it's been over a year ago that we left China. With each passing day I am falling more in love with this place, and seeing how God brought us here for something new and refreshing to our hearts. Not only have we met the most amazing families through the Montessori Charter school (and what an insanely incredible school it is!), but we have also found a church that we really enjoy. And I see how God is also beginning to open up doors for Chris to teach more which is his passion.
Now, finding a church may not sound like a big deal to you, but it's a big deal to me. You see, when we moved back to the US the biggest thing I was scared about were the 'Christians' and how we would fit in. Or really, knowing I wouldn't fit in and how to deal with that. (Yes, I'm sure that needs unpacking for those who don't know me but that can be for a different time.) So to say there is a community of people that I look forward to meeting up with every Sunday and at other times throughout the week I feel like we have found something very special.
The church is called Coastlands. It's a Vineyard church and though I have never been involved in the Vineyard before I can tell you that I am really thankful we have found this church and am excited to get to be a part of it. Why? The only thing that can seem to describe how I feel about it is that people are 'real'. Real people. Real issues. Real passion to know God. Real questions about God. Real desire to love the community. Real people with busy lives and kids and sports happening. Real 'messes'. Real triumphs & real struggles. It's also a real group as far as having mixed ages. I love that there are old and young, meeting together and learning about God together. It's beautiful. (And yes, by saying 'real' I am not saying perfect. I was telling a friend about how I felt and she wanted to remind me that no church is 'perfect', I am aware of that. The church is made up of people, and I can't remember the last day I was 'perfect' so why would I expect a church to be perfect? But if I do remember right the church is a place to come and encourage and love on one another in our realness. Not a place to put up masks and walls so we all appear perfect. And it's those masks which usually lead to people leaving the church. Either they don't feel safe enough to come as they are, or when others in the church can't keep holding up the masks people get hurt and feel disillusioned and in turn say they can't 'trust' the church and leave hurt. We can save that tangent for another day though…)
So if you are on the coast and looking for a place to fellowship with others then I would love to have you stop in and join us. We meet at 10am in the Del Mar Elementary gym in Morro Bay. (501 Sequoia, Morro Bay 93442). Here is the church website which I would check out before you come, every once and a while we meet at the beach and though there would be signs on the door when you got there I would hate for you to be unprepared for a morning at the beach.