August 8, 2018

Don’t Miss Something Great

By John Kerr

For years, before I retired, I would be out of town on Wednesday nights, but my wife, Pat, would attend the Wednesday night fellowship. She always enjoyed being with her church family and the programs. So when I retired, I started attending. Now it is not just a routine, but a genuine pleasure every Wednesday night. There is a lot to like about Wednesday night at SPdLU.
First there is the great meal. For only $7 you get meat, vegetables, salad and a desert and there are lite meals and meals for kids. I’ll bet there is no place in Atlanta that you can get that kind quality and quantity of food for $7. Glenn and his staff do a terrific job.

Then there is the fellowship. You sit down with “the regulars” plus we frequently meet new people. The conversations around the table give new insight about fellow church members that you just can’t get except around a dinner table. It is really a church family atmosphere.

The program begins with announcements giving us a review of upcoming church activities and then an updated status of church members on the prayer list. This is followed by the program for the evening. It is always over by 7:00 pm. But Wednesday nights got even better in the last few years when the church started the SPdLU concept. These programs are truly interesting, informative and cover a wide array of subjects.

I am one of the rotating teachers in the Open Door Sunday School Class and many times I find myself using things that I learned from the Wednesday night programs in my lesson. Over the years we have had a variety of guest speakers as well as members of our church staff who will cover subjects in much more depth than we could get otherwise.

A couple of sessions that come to mind over the past were presented by professors at the McAfee School of Theology and included “A history of the English Bible” and “Five Religions We Need to Know Better” covering Islam, Hindu among others. We even had a session by Rabbi Peter Byrd from the Atlanta Temple regarding his religious experiences and practices. We had a fascinating session on the different translations of our Bible presented by our pastor, Dock Hollingsworth. He explained how each translation ranged from being “word for word” to “thought for thought” from the original text. That was good information to have when looking at the various translations.

Our recent SPdLU sessions have been just as good! In April, we had the four-part series called “Use me God” in commemoration of Martin Luther King’s assassination. All the speakers were excellent but the interview with Ambassador Andrew Young by Dock Hollingsworth was worthy of any network news special. In May, Dan Hayes led a session “Prayer to Change Our Lives and the Lives of Others.” Talk about inspiring. Following the series on prayer, we had a three-part discussion about the “The Church,” both in America and our own church kicked off by Dock Hollingsworth. Steve Rotz presented the next week and gave us great insight on how our worship services are planned to follow a common theme. Ryan Wilson concluded the series with a presentation about the Church on Mission full of inspiring and great information.

As you can see, there is something for everyone- a good plate of food, a friendly conversation and a thought-provoking program. If you haven’t given Wednesday Night at SPdLU a try, you are missing something great.