When we moved to RI it was important to us to find a church to call home. Nicholas and I met at church and both were pretty involved with our church in Austin. We googled Lutheran churches in RI and found one that was about 5 miles away. The first time we visited, the full-time pastor was away on vacation. The sanctuary was more traditional than our church in Austin, and there were a lot fewer members. One of the first people to talk to us was from Austin. Perhaps that is what hooked us. Or perhaps, we just liked the convenience.
At St. James we have found community. Most of our friends are from church. I have a book club, people to scrapbook with, and Nicholas has a men's group he meets with once a week. I have been on the Youth Committee, taught Sunday School, organized a dinner club group, organized Family Night events, organized an Easter Brunch, and helped with the Good Friday children's service. Now I am on the Cultivating Comminity in Christ Team helping to recruit people for the team and brainstorm new ways to bring the Community of St. James together.
We will be very sad to leave our RI family at St. James but appreciate the opportunities we have had here, not to mention my B.F.F.