Sweet Fellowship

Friendship, laughter, encouragement, understanding, support…overall sweet fellowship. That’s what we experience at our Fellowship of Christian Writers meetings. Last night we enjoyed an extra measure of it as a dozen of our members read from their writings during our annual Night of Sharing.

I’m told FCW’s Night of Sharing was inspired by Mardell “Mutt” Potter, a member who passed away before the group could actually hold the first event. Now each year, an evening of getting to know one another through our writing is celebrated in his honor.

At the regular monthly meetings, we have opportunities to get better acquainted during our break time and in the minutes before and after the meetings, but the Night of Sharing takes us beyond those casual pleasantries and “writer talk”. Through sharing selections from our writings, we give one another a deeper look into our lives and thoughts.

Last night I got to know several people better as they read pieces they had written. I learned that one of our older ladies was (and maybe still is?) an accomplished horsewoman and another has a heart for women who are homeless or escaping domestic abuse situations. I discovered that one member had been a missionary in Egypt and also that a couple of ladies have dealt with adoption, one because of infertility and the other because of concern for impoverished children in other nations. Even the different genres represented gave a window into the authors’ personalities — fun fiction, poetry, Bible teaching…What a wonderfully diverse group we are! :)

FCW recently had some business cards printed and included the following verse on them: “The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it.” (Psalm 68:11) Now I know the word “great” is referring to great in number there, but I also think of our group as plain ole great company :) We enjoy a camaraderie as writers and a special fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ that is hard to beat.

What groups do you enjoy sweet fellowship with? I have a few others I could tell you about, but I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder. Chime in with a comment — bet we’re a diverse group, too!


  1. Cheryl,

    One group I am involved in immediately came to my mind and that is the international wives group I volunteer with weekly. Today we had a very fun program called Dance Around the World. A few of the ladies shared/demonstrated some of their native dances. We also did the hoola, line dancing,salsa, swing, cha cha. It was great exercise and a lot of fun.

  2. Debbie, what a great time that must have been! I’m sure those ladies are so sweet and appreciative of you U.S. gals who invest time in their lives.

    Anyone else out there enjoy fellowship with internationals?

  3. Cheryl,

    Check out my blog entry today. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences myself.

    My Conversations with God at http://www.jeanmatthewhall.blogspot.com

  4. Hi Cheryl! I just found your comment on my Coffee Talk blog – the comment notification was accidentally turned off!

    I love your blog. I live in a small town, and a few of us are trying to start a writers group. I know it will be a great blessing, once it gets started.

    Blessings to you!



  5. Renae, welcome to my blog — so glad you liked it! I live in a small town, too, and drive 75 miles to attend my monthly writers group. Meeting with other writers has been so helpful and encouraging. Good luck getting yours started!

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