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I have often talked to Dan about our childhood community and how I miss knowing the people we attend church with...for awhile I was quite discontent with Willowcreek because of this. While it will never have that same feel I have realized that it is true that with some effort it can at least be more community like:) We took some steps like getting to church earlier and hanging around longer afterwards...sitting in the same spot every service so we could get to know the people around us (even our greeters at the same door). It has helped us get to meet new people, get to know some better and be more intentional about seeing our friends at church so we always know were we'll be sitting. It has really helped to have that "family at church" feel. I think we talked about how Willow is moving towards community based ministry, and it really is cool because you end up around people of all ages and life situations ...it reminds me a little more of our childhood church experience. I have had to accept that first of all we look back at childhood and sometimes forget the bad things about an experience or don't remember them totally correctly and secondly that wherever I am I will have to pray for contentment and make the most of it.

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