What a Fellowship!

On Friday evenings the home of Laura and Ben Nagel in Butte, Mont., is full of tables and chairs. It is so full they have moved out the other furniture. Laura was impressed she, as well as others, needed to know the Bible better. So on Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, the Nagels held their first Bible marking class. They invited anyone who wished to join them at for a light meal at 6:30 p.m. and then a marking at 7 p.m.

On a given evening, there are anywhere from 22–30 people ranging in age from 11–91. Beyond Adventist members, there are 12 other guests in attendance. It is a time of fellowship, prayer and study. One participant says, "I was a little worried about attending because I hadn't heard good things about Adventists. However, I've learned that you are wonderful people who love each other and the Lord." The same person says she has attended other functions held by the church and has been attending Sabbath morning worship services.

Children attending say they enjoy learning more about God and looking up and marking the Bible verses. They also express great delight in the meals.

Most of the participants appreciate the fellowship. They enjoy studying together and the discussions. Many have grown closer to the Lord and one another through the studies.

There is laughter, prayer, study and sometimes crying. "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near," (Hebrews 10:24–25, NLT).

June 01, 2011 / Montana Conference