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Building Connection & Community at TerraNova?

QUESTION: "Who are all these people?"

Have you, in the past few months, found yourself walking through the lobby and seen a disproportionate number of new faces? People you don't recognize? Or maybe you are one of those new faces? Trying to figure out if this is "home?" If this is a place where you can sink in some roots and get to know God and people better?

It's a wonderful problem to have:

HOW DO WE CREATE CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY WITH A GROWING NUMBER OF PEOPLE?!

It's part of core values -- that spiritual growth and vitality happens in the context of relationship. And relationships have to start somewhere. They begin with affinity and conversation. They begin when enough space and availability is created in our lives (sometimes, just a small amount will do!) to linger over a conversation, remember a name, discover a challenge or opportunity someone is facing ...

BUT WHERE DOES THAT SPACE AND AVAILABILITY HAPPEN IN A CHURCH? Not enough of it happens at a weekend gathering. And LIFEgroups are great, but limited to the handful of folks who are in your group.

SO WE'RE TRYING SOMETHING NEW!

"TASTE OF TERRANOVA" is an opportunity for lots of TerraNovans -- new and long-time -- to MIX-IT UP in a relaxed and "tasty" setting! Let's face it: We love food! And that's something TerraNova is very good at. So let's take something that's a core strength and very "biblical" (feasting together) and very enjoyable, and let's use that to BUILD COMMUNITY! To create connections that will likely result in friendships and ministry opportunities and God's Kingdom being expanded!

NOW THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN:
In order for this to work, we really need YOU to come out to this TASTE OF TERRANOVA. It's short (5:30-7pm) and it will be fun and filling! But most importantly, we want you to come prepared with Christ's heart for people -- to reach out, get to know some names, become available for connection, and see what God does. See how he begins to build relationships.

WILL YOU? PLEASE? :-)

Hope to see you -- with some tasty dish in hand! -- this Sunday night at 7 Whatney!