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The Church in the Wildwood

I know I like to overuse that term, but I will use it again.  That old hymn often runs through my mind and I think of my mother playing it on her old pump organ.  This is our new church.  We've driven by it for years--nap drives for Willow when she was the only one, trips to see the sights from the top of the mountain, Autumn drives out into the valley to enjoy the leaves.  This is my road, it seems.  And it has our church, Atonement Lutheran Church.

Atonement Lutheran ChurchThe children and I started attending back in August, largely out of a need I had to instill more discipline into our days.  I wanted my children to experience the regular weekly routine of church in an intimate, low-key setting.  There are no microphones or electronics--there are times that we do not have a pianist at all.  The congregation is small, around seven people on a peak week when the pastor is there.  I imagine it's a bit funny to them to have young children in their midst, but they have been very welcoming.  They offer a small children's story a couple Sundays a month.  I expect this is the only time my family will ever attend such a small church (in such a beautiful spot!).

There's a church in the valley by the wildwood
No lovelier spot in the dale
No place is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale. . .


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Sep. 27th, 2016 01:05 am (UTC)
How lovely! I definitely prefer smaller churches. Ours isn't quite *that* small, but still very intimate (and free of electronic gimmicks :)).
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Sep. 27th, 2016 12:43 pm (UTC)
Small churches and no technology are the very best! I'm so glad you found such a lovely place for your family.
Sep. 27th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
We have chosen a very similar church experience for our family! At most, there are 20 people at our church. And we are the only family. But it feels right.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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