How many of your church friends do you see every week on days other than Sunday (or Saturday, if that is your day of worship)?

For lots of folks, that one weekly service seems to be sufficient. And for them, I wonder - do they know what they are missing?

Growing up in a small town where my church experience was two services on Sunday, a midweek prayer service, and youth group on Saturday evening, I find one service a week just seems pretty skimpy. There's something comforting in gathering with other people of your faith, whether for study or an evening of fun and games.

Several of our churches offer a variety of opportunities for fellowship. There are, of course, the usual worship services. But many offer prayer services and Bible studies, kids groups, and yes, game nights and movie nights. And you are welcome to any of them.

One thing I have particularly enjoyed is visiting other churches than my own for special events. I think the more the various churches get to know each other, the better they work together for the good of the community.

This has turned out to be another time with no special events listed, but that will soon change. Valentine's Day and Easter are on the way, and they will bring some special events when they do. That's not to say, of course, that there will not be a great program popping up at one of our churches.

First Baptist and the Methodist church, for example, often have musical events, Grace Lutheran and New Life Game and movie nights. Just keep watching - and if the specials are sparse, try a Bible study.

Bible studies don't have to be dull and dry and, if you have a really interactive group, can be lively and very interesting.

Our Thursday evening study with Pastor Larry at New Life Community Church is currently studying theSeven Churches in Revelation. It's a thought-provoking study, and one with active participation.

And though I've not been to studies at other churches, I'm sure they are just as good. If you haven't been in the habit of attending Bible study, why not give it a try? You just might find it a lot more interesting than you thought it would be. Besides, wouldn't you have some good points to contribute?

Bible studies taking place are as follows:

andbull; Church of Christ, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

andbull; First Baptist, Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

andbull; New Life Community Church, Sundays, 5 p.m., and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

andbull; Redwoods Family Worship, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

andbull; Solid Rock Christian Fellowship-Prayer, Wednesdays, 7 p.m.

Bible studies don't necessarily have to be led by the pastor. Often they are led by a church member.

Our Sunday evening study is led by Dale Ford, and I have attended Ladies' Bible studies in the past. All it takes is an interest and desire to learn more of what the Bible tells us - and that is a whole lot if we just "get to it." In fact, it's as full of fascinating people and exciting happenings as any book out there.

According to the news, we've been having a record dry year here lately. I think we should all take a little time out of our busy days to pray for some rain. Perhaps God is just waiting to be asked!

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