-Rev. Melissa Fain-
This November is going to mark the fourth anniversary since the launch of Fig Tree on the internet. Since then, we've been doing numerous things. We've had the beginnings of online bible studies. My favorite was the Introduction to the Bible using the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We've also looked at the 10 Commandments and took a deeper perspective on the face of God and grieving with The Shack.
We've had a couple of devotionals. One was for Advent, and one was for Lent. Both were available online and in app form.
From the beginning, there has always been people who have wanted to support us. There were those who volunteered to write guest meditations. There were those who stepped up to moderate the site, especially when I was too sick to do it myself. There were even those who offered funds to help with the minor cost of internet upkeep. Eventually, when we opened the membership, there were seven who believed in the mission of Fig Tree and joined. Seven is a number, but just a small number compared to the amount of support we have always had.
I write this to explain the amount of presence Fig Tree Christian had over the almost half decade of presence. I also write it to remind myself of the movement of this journey. This is like looking back at old baby pictures of your kids. Parents don't see the growth because they are present during the entire process. It's important to occasionally look back and realize how far you've traveled.
Then, in July, we made our biggest move yet: We physically launched. Now, two months later, I can say how big this move really was. I knew it would either be our next step in growth or kill us. I will unabashedly say, it almost killed us. Yet, here we are, two months later with another really big announcement:
Since the physical launch at the beginning of July, the above image has changed. Our gratitude goes out to First Marietta, who first opened their doors to allow us the space to start this process. In the end, it wasn't a great fit for our physical launch. We needed something neutral where people could feel comfortable. We also needed our space requirements, and the church simply couldn't meet those needs.
Luckily, a new resource has opened up, and it appears to be a good fit. This Saturday we will take a week off. Starting September 11th we will meet at 2pm on Sundays! You read that right, Sundays. Part of Evangelism is knowing the community you are reaching out to. The American culture still sets aside Sunday as a church day. Therefore, it makes the most sense to move to Sundays.
I hope you can show up for our new time. Find us on Facebook at Fig Tree Christian, or show up at the Daily Grind in person. We'd love to see you!