It’s a new year, and with the new year comes resolutions! Maybe finding community is one of them. I want to share a little of my story about finding community when I first moved to LA.
When I moved here 9 years ago I knew one person. The city was completely unfamiliar to me and I was working long hours. I really enjoyed going to work because that meant I would be around people. The weekends were the loneliest for me. I actually looked forward to Mondays for the first time in my life! Thankfully I had found a church to attend, but attend was about all I did. I came to the service and then left promptly after.
After a few months, I got an encouragement from one of my best friends to check out a community group. I remember being a little nervous walking in. It was a large group and it felt like everyone already knew each other. I kept going for months even when I was tired and just wanted to stay home. Eventually, I started to make friends and the group ended up multiplying. I hosted one of the new groups. This is when these people became my community. I loved having them in my home and having people to know, love and care for and to be known, loved and cared for. It reminded me of the passage from Acts 2, “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47) This was the community I longed for.
Little by little, LA started to feel like home. The church was becoming more like a family to me. Now I looked forward to the weekends and to service on Sunday. God has used this church community in profound ways in my life. I honestly don’t know how I would have made it these last 9 years if it weren’t for PCC and my community group.
If you are new to LA, new to PCC or looking for community, I would highly encourage you to check out a community group! On Sunday, January 8th, there will be a Community Group Fair where you can learn more about the groups and meet our Community Group Coaches who can help you find one that’s best for you.