I am unfortunately still without Internet in my house, so this post is an experiment. Please bear with me.
Internet woes aside, Alicia and I had the most wonderful time this Sunday at Immanuel Church (www.immanuelhome.org) in Gurnee, IL. We settled on this church for this weekend because it is in the same denomination as our former church in San Diego, Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church (www.cebc.com).
It was definitely a good decision! It was a great experience! Immanuel has a great setup all around. We were definitely pleased.
Our time there started at the children's department. Timothy was excited immediately because of the really great setup for his age group. Today, the day after church, Timothy told Alicia how excited he was because they had a band lead them in singing about Jesus! How awesome is that? Sam was likewise excited when she found out that she was in the "lions" class. She had a great attitude and was only sad at the end when she had to leave.
As for Alicia and me, we had a great time. I haven't seen worship music done that well in a long time. They respected hymns while bringing it to a current level. The pastor was very good as well. At one point, after reading a good amount of scripture, he apologized and then added, "what better thing could I do than read you God's Word?" That, my dear readers, is what I want to hear from a preacher!
Is this our church? I don't know. It stays on the list though, for sure.