As I walked over the sky bridge on Wednesday, I ran into a handful of folks who were also on their way to dinner. They didn’t know each other but immediately started swapping stories about how they came to call University home. By the time we got to the north side, strangers were becoming friends.
As I got to the lobby, I heard someone say my name. I looked over, and there was Dr. Dave. He was waiting for me. We had a chance to chat about a difficult medical case he had last week. I was so glad to have a chance to listen and encourage him in the important work he does.
As soon as Dave and I finished talking, I was hugged by one of the greeters who pulled me from the lobby into the worship center. There were folks all over the place--teenagers and young parents, senior citizens and students, folks who had just gotten off of work, folks getting ready to go to choir, married people, families, single people and all kinds of people in between. There were folks who are going through hard times sitting at tables with folks who aren’t. Some tables around the room were filled with old friends reconnecting with each other. Other tables were the incubators where new friendships were being created.
There was laughing and talking and hugging and eating. Moms were glad they didn’t have to cook. Teenagers were going back for seconds, and kids were grinning while they tried to sneak extra brownies. And, of course, Pastor Laurinda was in the middle of it all--hugging and kissing every baby in the room.
Wednesday Night at University is WONDERFUL! Even an introvert like me enjoyed all the activity, warmth and love in the room. It is clear, God is up to something on Wednesday Night at University.
If you’d like to be a part of helping with Wednesday Night dinners, e-mail Jessica Caccamese, She’s building a team of volunteers to rotate each week.
Also, don’t forget to take part in our mental health survey that I mentioned last week. You can access the totally anonymous survey TheU.Org/MHSurvey OR pick up a hard copy at the welcome desk this week.
God bless you and see you Sunday,