Connecting with people in the kingdom

David and I have had a great weekend wandering around Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee! We got off to a rough start when apparently I booked a hotel room in the middle of the only “Coffee Dead Zone” in the country! You’ve seen the Verizon ad on TV? Real zombies wander around this dead zone by the airport in Nashville. The closest Starbucks was 6 miles one direction or 5 the other. And the 6 miles Bux was inside the Grand Ole Opry itself… not conducive to running in for morning coffee! We switched hotels.

Now we are hanging out in Franklin and enjoying meeting up with great friends, old and new. At 8:30 this morning David and I went to Cross Point Community Church, where my blog friend Jenni Catron is the Executive Pastor. And oh yeah, Pete Wilson is the Pastor. And Anne Jackson is also on staff there although I’ve never met her. We had a great day of worship together, even if it was early! Pete was away this weekend, but it was a great stop even so.

After Cross Point we headed across town to The People’s Church, where we have so many friends it feels like home! Michael Neale was our worship pastor for many years at Christ Fellowship. It was amazing to worship with him again, though a little surreal to see him surrounded by peole I didn’t know! We sat with Steve and Julie Helm and their family, and were greeted at the door of the church by Nathan Oates and given a quick tour of the campus. I loved seeing what God is doing in this corner of his world. Isn’t it amazing…in this day and age you can wander nearly anywhere in the country and find friends, worship, community and mission opportunity. No excuses for not hanging out in the kingdom!

By Marla Saunders

I am passionately devoted to living my life in the places God has given me. Over the years those places have changed: from homeschooler to businesswoman, from consumer to storyteller. These days I'm focusing on building a new business and figuring out what it means to do everything with integrity and informed by faith.