JC, you'd be so proud of us.
Lemme tell you our morning and how I feel we were "led" to Fellowship.
I've been considering FC for awhile and, just as JC said, I've been stalling for fear that it wouldn't be something Duff would like. See, his mother's church robbed her blind while she was dying and he's had a hard time coming to grips w/joining a church ever since. Basically, the scandal proved his belief that churches are run by crooks. I've been biding my time till I found something I knew he'd feel comfortable with.
Anyways, Hailey's new school requires us to be members of a church. (lead 2) This made my efforts a lot easier because he'll do anything for her. So we set our alarms and went to bed early to make it to the morning service so she could attend the Surge program. Our alarms didn't go off and we were now running behind. Luckily I took a shower the night before, otherwise we wouldn't have made it in time. (lead 3) We took two wrong exits but make it there in time to check her in. We walk in, passing two custom choppers parked by the front door, and some people dressed exactly like us. I see Duff smile and relax. (lead 5) We are given 3 wrong pieces of information and walk around aimlessly, unable to find the Surge group. Now we're frustrated and consider leaving.
A volunteer sees our faces and crosses a crowded lot to help us. We walk a ways to another building and get there in time to find that her program doesn't start for 2 weeks. Ugh. We head back to the main building and realize the service has already begun. We look at the truck...look at the building...and I tell Duff, "It's YOUR call. Leave or stay?" HE chooses to attend anyways and we get in right before they close the doors.
We sit down and they welcome Bill Cornelius, a guy Duff knows from school. (lead 4) In a nutshell, when they asked for the offering, Duff opens up his wallet and throws in a $50 bill.
I just looked at him and smiled. He told me later that he'd attend even if I couldn't one day. I wanted to cry. The service, the message and the people really touched him, unlike anything I've seen in our 11 years of marriage. What an amazing morning.
Thanks again for everyone's help and thanks to Rick for being the 1st to reply. I think it was God's plan.