Making Friends & Moving Couches

Why is there a big orange couch on the Community Groups brochure? I’ve been asked that question over and over as people look at our new publication.

The answer is simple–a couch can illustrate quickly how deeply you are connected. Let’s try it. If you needed to move a couch, whom would you call? It’s a big couch so let’s say you need eight or nine ‘helpers.’ Stop for a minute and think. You know immediately this isn’t the kind of job you can just ask anyone. A stranger or acquaintance just won’t do–for this you need a friend. Do you have eight or nine friends? There are more serious questions I could ask to help you determine your level of connectedness but the couch question works.

Here at EvFree, we want everyone who calls this church home to have a place where they feel connected. We want a place where you can share the joys of life, the struggles, and everything in-between. We want EvFree to be a place where acquaintances and strangers become friends.

Encouragement Inc. is my place for connection. These are my “couch people.” We study the Bible together, eat together, pray together, laugh together, serve together and cry together. Not only have we moved each other’s couches, but we have moved entire houses! I can’t imagine life without them. I want that for you if you do not yet have a group where you are connected.

Coming up this Sunday we will have a time where those groups who seek to build connection will be highlighted on the plaza. Whether you are a college student or a senior adult, we have a group for you. Please join us on the plaza and learn more about each of them.

Perhaps there are a few of you not swayed by my couch argument and you’d like an easier way to check out a place to connect. We have just the thing for you too! Join us at 11:30 a.m. in the Commons for Plug-In. This will be a time to go deeper with the sermon and connect with others around a table. Plug-In will last eight weeks and starts this Sunday.

If you have the type of connections I describe, then praise God for them today. If you don’t, it’s time to find a place to connect. Take the next step and go to a group. It will take time for that group to feel like home but it is worth the effort and risk. You never know when you’ll need to move a couch!


Katie Potesta
Community Groups

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