The first reading was billed Poetry and Pie and took place in January 2018. Advertising for the first event, which drew nearly 35 people, invited the congregation and friends to come if they wanted to do a reading or had a favorite poem. Some came because of their love for poetry; others, just to check it out or just to listen.
A variety of poetry was shared at that event, some secular, some spiritual, some nostalgic. Many shared poetry passed through the generations in their families.
"Since everything is digital now, I think people want to go back to connecting in other ways that are more personal," said Nate Skaife, Grand Junction pastor.
Grand Junction's social committee, Connect Ministry, holds an event each month ranging from Lemonade on the Lawn (after a church service to get the congregation to hang out and visit for longer) to church campouts. "Last year’s camp out had more than 50 people attend," explained Skaife.
-- RMC News with Nate Skaife; photo by Nate Skaife