The Church Lady
by JanCase
 The Church Lady
Jun 29, 2011 | 1534 views |  1 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The Star's idea to add community bloggers to its online version is a great platform for sharing stories.  In my 10 years as a Jacksonville resident, I've met an assemblage of interesting people who hail from everywhere and have lived all over the world. I've met most of them in church; some in my own First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, and others in various congregations around town.  I was going to church before I was born, and was a member of the Wylam Baptist Church "Cradle Roll" before my eyes were even open.  I've given myself the title, The Church Lady, because I grew up admiring and wanting to be like the women in my church. Since I notched my 50th year of continuous church membership last year, I hope that my credentials will give me at least a nominal membership in their illustrious ranks.  Of course there's another image for those of us who remember Dana Carvey's Church Lady on Saturday Night Live in the 80s. Well, while I was growing up in church I knew her too. But that's just church. It brings out our best and worst, our righteousness and our selfishness, and our laughter and tears. It's a thriving element of our community and I'm so thankful for the framework it's provided for my life. I'm looking forward to an online discussion of how faith defines us and shapes our lives.

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