I am finding it hard to believe that I have made it to day 29 of the #write31days challenge.  While I already have a few ideas in mind for next year’s challenge, I know that I am not up for posting every day all year long.  (That is too much writing for this busy mama!)  Today is also my last Sunday post. (Technically my last Saturday night post as I have written most of my Sunday posts in advance!)  I thought that it might be fitting to tell you more about the first group of people on my acknowledgement list: The Upper Room.

My family has attended this church for a dozen years.  We have been at several different locations, but our previous spot was a bit notorious.  Not for activity but for architecture.  You see, the buildings were dome shaped.  When I mentioned to people the name of our church, they were often unfamiliar with our smaller congregation.  When I mentioned the buildings where we were meeting, most people in the Lincoln area knew exactly what I was talking about.

“Triple Bible Bubble.”  “The Turtle Church.”  “The Domes.”  I am not even sure that I knew all of the names.  While the buildings were memorable, this type of construction is not meant to last evidently.  Unless you like mold.  Leaks abounded.  Pretty much keeping up with maintenance was a nightmare.  Especially for my husband who often helped with projects.  A few years ago, these buildings that the Upper Room was renting were condemned and soon after torn down.

If the story of our church was only a structure, we would already be to the end of our tale.  But thankfully a church is not really a building but instead  the people that meet inside.  The Upper Room has been our community.  As we had our babies, as we moved, as we have tried to move again, as we have started our business, our church has been there to support us.  Although my husband and I have a wonderful family support system, the church has become our family as well.  We are so grateful to all of them.

I promise this is still a blog about Nebraska.  If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I rarely mention my faith on this site.  Yet since my church is a part of my Detour Nebraska journey, I thought posting more about this part of my life made sense on this day.  Detour Nebraska is definitely about Nebraska communities.  And my church has provided needed fellowship for us.

So as I finish this last Sunday post for awhile, I wanted to end on that note.  Do you have a church family?  Do you have a place where you can go to find support?  Yes, as a person of faith, ultimately my trust is in God.  But by forming relationships with His people, that is how I can grow and go further in my faith.

If you do not have your own church community, what is stopping you?

Maybe you are not a person of faith yet, but you feel that God is tugging on your heart.  If you happen to be in the Lincoln area, please feel free to e-mail me (odysseythroughnebraska@gmail.com) for more information on the Upper Room.  Or if you are from farther away, I can certainly try to help you find a Bible believing church in your community.  Thank you for reading!


Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.