Greetings to everyone. My name is David Flores, Jr., and my wife Jana and I are members of Mosaic Church. We have been attending Mosaic for the last 9 years. When Jana and I met, we were both attending different churches in the Greeley area. Then, we got married and decided to find a church together. We thought had we found a church home that we attended for about a year, but then my brother Angel started Mosaic, and soon we found ourselves visiting on several occasions.
While still attending our home church, I knew in the bottom of my heart that one day we would be a part of my brother’s church. While I was careful to never voice this feeling to Jana, as I was not wanting to tilt the scales in Mosaic’s favor, I decided to let Angel’s unique style be the deciding factor. One Sunday afternoon while driving home after a service at our then home church, Jana mentioned something. She said that while she rather enjoyed our then home church, she was beginning to prefer my brother’s services. We spoke at length because I didn’t want the fact that he was my brother to muddy the waters because I know how important a church is to the structure of a home environment. Soon after this discussion, we were attending Mosaic on a regular basis. Not only is my brother a true man of God, he is a powerful and engaging speaker.
Have our lives been full of bliss since we made this decision? No. We are normal people who have normal problems just like anyone in our situation. To make matters worse, we are a true example of the new American family. We are a blended family of his, hers and ours together. Between the two of us, we have 7 children. Our lives are full of trials and tribulations which at times can create an organized chaos that has become our new normal.
Growing up in a Christian home, I was more accustomed to this “Mosaic” style of church. Jana on the other hand did not grow up in the church. Her family attended church once a year on Easter Sunday. When we met, she was Catholic, which was a fulfilment of her first marriage which obviously ended in divorce. So, finding a church was somewhat challenging. Switching after only a year together proved to be quite another animal.
While I do not consider myself a social butterfly, I do find it rather easy to engage in conversation at Mosaic. Whether that person is a friend or a stranger, walking up to someone and striking up a conversation is easy. Jana always teases me when I get done making rounds at church by saying, “Are you done shaking hands and kissing babies?” Deep down inside, I don’t do it for me. I do it to find that one person who finds it difficult to do this on their own. In my humble opinion, this (in a way) forces other people to come out of their shyness shell.
In 2016, I decided that we needed to get more involved in the Mosaic family. I wanted Jana to feel at home in our new church. Typically, when service was over, we mingled just a bit. What I began to realize was that we were mingling with just the members of my family. Why? Because Jana found it difficult to make new friends. She needed to come out of her own shell. What better way to get involved than to sign up for a Connect Group? Once again, I didn’t do this for my sake, I did it purposely to get Jana to meet other people. We signed up for our first Connect group which met on Monday nights at a couple’s home. They opened their home to couples as well as their children for a weekly potluck and a few hours of games and light conversation.
Jana began making new acquaintances and more importantly, friends within the Mosaic circle. This proved to be so successful that we agreed to open our own home and offered the same thing for couples and their children the following semester. Jana is not only finding her “friend” circle growing, she also decided to begin using her natural talents (she is a teacher) to begin helping in the children’s church area as a Sunday School Teacher. You can call me the ultimate Puppet Master.
Chances are, your story is much different than ours, but that doesn’t matter. We want you to become a part of this as well. I’d like to invite you to attend a service and look around. We are a unique community of believers. Are we perfect? The simple answer to that question is a resounding NO. We are a body of people looking for that small fulfillment that is missing from each one of our lives. In the coming weeks, we will begin our signups for our Fall Connect Groups. Look around at what each table is offering. Maybe you’d like to join a group that, like us, is offering a potluck dinner and an evening of conversation. Someone may be offering a bible study group to have coffee and getting into God’s word. Perhaps you might even enjoy joining a group of men AND or women who enjoy watching mixed martial arts-Wings, pizza, and combat fighting. You never know what each table has to offer. Take a chance and sign up. You never know… you may end up enjoying it so much that like Jana and I, you may open your home for the next semester.
We are a people of doubters and we have struggles just like everyone else. While it may appear that we have everything in order, we don’t. We fall short each day. The truth about the human condition is that nobody is perfect. Nobody is flawless. Nobody is faultless. We are all sinners who continue to sin and fall victim to this insane world that we live in. So, don’t let the smoke and mirrors of our lives fool you that we are perfect and untouchable. We are nobody special. We just wear good makeup (well not really because I don’t, but you get my drift). Once again, who are we?
We are people who try to make this community better each day. We are retail workers, teachers, electricians, principals, administrators, plumbers, painters, bankers, firefighters, police officers, nurses, roofers, cementers, brick layers, housewives, househusbands, full-time students, cake makers, musicians, business owners, probation officers, leaders of the community, city employees, county employees, state employees, insurance agents, estimators, farmers, fence builders, welders, bull riders, car salesmen, oil workers, gas workers, retired persons and plenty other occupations that are too numerous to mention. In other words, we are you. Your spouse. Your children. Your parents. Your family. Come be a part of a growing community with the one goal of making each other a better person.
While I may not make a hole in one every time I play golf, if I can land on the green, I know I am close. Once again, my name is David Flores, Jr. Come visit us and make sure to come shake my hand and tell me your name. Oh, and feel free to invite me to lunch!!