We moved out here to northern CA because of the military almost 2 years ago (it will be 2 years in June). The churches of Christ that are nearby have not been a good fit for us as they tend to be a bit on the legalistic side, so up until a month ago, we had been driving 42 miles to a church that seemed to be a better fit. I was able to sing on the praise team and my husband taught a class one quarter, but apart from that, we weren't able to build any relationships with folks there.... probably due mostly to our distance from church. So after much prayer, my husband decided we needed to look for a place closer to home, although not necessarily a "church of Christ." (BTW, we were both raised in the coC.)
We've been attending a Christian church nearby for the last 3 or 4 Sundays.... I'm certainly not ready to stop looking yet. The whole looking for a new church thing is beginning to depress me a bit, though. I hate starting over; we left the best place we've ever been to move to CA, which was hard enough.... and now, even though I had no close friends at the old church, I'm in the position of being a stranger once again. Maybe this wouldn't be so bad if I had friends outside the church, but as a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her kids, I don't have any non-church relationships, either.
Anyhow, to get to the point... I just really need prayers that I will not succumb to depression while we find a new place to go, that we can find a place that will offer us ways to be involved, and that we can find real relationships with others there. That's one thing that we're finding is very different out here... people just don't seem interested in getting to know others and getting together outside of church. I am feeling very isolated and alone... all my friends are several states away, and we have no hopes of leaving here for another 3 years.
Thanks for listening.