Please allow me to introduce myself–I’m Lisa Sanders and I’m married to the pastor at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. Some of you know me, but I’m sure some of you have probably wondered, “Who is that woman I always see with Pastor John?”. Well, that’s me!
We’re experiencing exciting times at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. I overheard Michael Steward, our children’s pastor, mention we’ve had over twenty new families visit in the last few weeks. After hearing that, it’s no surprise why I have seen so many people I don’t recognize!
New faces. More faces. Seriously, I get excited and humbled when I look around the church and see an increasing number of people showing up to worship God and hear from His Word. This past Sunday night, John and I were reflecting on the day (like we usually do after he wakes up from his nap) and I was telling him about all the new people I encountered at church. We decided that we needed to figure out a way to meet our “not yet friends” at church and for them to get to know us beyond hearing from John from stage every week.
We had a light bulb moment!
Let’s host a dinner. Not for the whole church at one time, but for ten people. Why not twenty (or more)? We envision friends sitting around a big table, sharing a meal, and getting to know each other better. Also, and quite frankly, we don’t have a table big enough to seat twenty people!
We would love for the dinners to include people that have been at the church since the beginning and people that have just started and are still checking us out. The dinners will be adult only–if you’ve got kids, hire a babysitter so you can actually eat your food while it’s warm and enjoy adult conversation. Dinner will be hosted at the church and won’t last longer than a couple of hours. Extra bonus: if you hired a babysitter, you could run over to Starbucks to enjoy some quiet time before you go home!
We are so excited about another way to build community in our church. Please check out the Dinner for 10 dates and pick a Sunday night to join us–we can’t wait to see you soon! Find a date and sign up at claytoncrossings.com/Dinner410
PS – Why not consider starting your own Dinner for 10? It’s a great way to have unchurched friends and neighbors interact with your church friends!
What’s coming up:
- SAYING GOODBYE TO BRANDON STARNES. This Sunday will be Brandon’s last day as Associate Pastor of Students and Outreach at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. He has accepted a position in Mississippi and is looking forward to how God will bless his new ministry. Plan on visiting with Brandon after either worship service this Sunday morning and let him know you’ll be praying for him.
- NIGHT OF PRAYER. God loves it when we spend time with Him–the best way to do that is through prayer. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time to pray, perhaps because they’ve never been taught how or they’ve never experienced the joy that comes from talking with God. We’re excited to offer a Night of Prayer on Sunday, February 12 from 6:30–8:00pm. We’ll talk about the why and how of prayer, then spend some time with God through different prayer experiences–we’ll pray together, you’ll have some time to pray alone, and experience God’s presence as we demonstrate our dependence on Him.
What John is reading:
Meet Generation Z by James Emery White
About John Sanders:
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.