Church Hunt

So, I got up this morning planning on visiting Mosaic, a Nazarene church in the 16th St Heights neighborhood of DC. But, I got a little bit turned around, and ended up getting there late. I decided to go try a church near AU instead, but when I got there, I chickened out because I wasn’t sure if the service had ended or hadn’t started yet, and I didn’t want to loiter like a weirdo.

I really want to find a church in DC where I fit in, because I think it will be a big help in meeting new people and making friends. It’s also important for spiritual reasons, of course, but I think it’s easier to find a good match spiritually than a good match relationally. For me, anyway, YMMV of course.

I think I will try to visit Mosaic again, but I think next week I’ll visit the National Presbyterian Church. One of their pastors, Eunice McGarrahan, graduated from Wheaton, so maybe that’s a good sign. Women pastor, plus Wheaton connection? Anyway, next week they’re introducing their adult Sunday school classes, so I think it’s a good time to go and see what’s available. I’m kinda hoping for some type of small group thing. Mosaic has a Wednesday night book club. That might be fun. I’m basically hoping for someone to assign me some friends, I guess! 🙂

DC Living

Well, I did it – I moved to DC! I started grad school at American University, and I had my first class last Thursday. It’s an economics class, and it seems like it may be interesting. I haven’t had very good luck with economics in the past, but this is the first econ class that I’ve had that hasn’t been online, so I’m hopeful.

I’ve gotten settled in at Centro Maria (you’re welcome for that link, btw – just try and find it on google. Go on, try, I dare you!), which is where I’ll be staying indefinitely. It’s like a dorm, but it’s not officially affiliated with any university. The only requirements for admittance are that you be a woman aged 18-29. It’s cheap (only $165 a week!), breakfast and dinner Mon-Fri are included (with breakfast on Sat and brunch on Sun as well), and the rooms are a pretty good size. It’s been pretty nice so far. I have the privacy of a single room, but I also have other young women around me and opportunities to meet them and chat with them. There are only two problems so far. First, there’s no internet in the rooms! The only internet access is in one conference room on the first floor, and in the library on the second. Secondly, on the day I moved in a pipe burst, which for some reason necessitated turning off the air conditioning for at least a week. 😦 So I’ve been using the skills I learned living in Elliot with no a/c in college, and staying almost-reasonably cool. And also spending most of each day on the AU campus (a/c and free wifi – win!).

I’ll post pics of my room later – it’s looking pretty cute, and I’m happy with the arrangement I have right now. Feels homey and comfortable, both of which are key in a new place! 🙂