As you know, we rent rooms for our church at the local recreation centre. Because it's a community facility, there are times when our rooms are already booked for another group, and we have to either cancel that service or meet somewhere else. Sometimes there's another room in the facility available, and we know well enough in advance to book that room and let our folks know that there's been a change. We also get a contract at the beginning of the contract year, detailing each day for each room, including the days that we can't have one or both rooms during the year.
We arrived at "church" tonight to a full parking lot. If it were truly our church building, that would have been a most welcome sight! But, being as this is a community centre, we immediately knew that other groups had rented the rooms for this evening. Wes didn't recall this date being one that was full. We discussed this for a minute in the car, then Wes decided we'd go in first and see if maybe these groups were just wrapping up and would be gone by the time our service was supposed to start. It was obvious as we stood in the hallway outside the rooms that their meetings were in full swing, not even slightly winding down! As we go back out to the parking lot, we notice even more cars coming into the parking lot. Oh, my goodness . . . we can only get in 15 minutes early to set up our rooms, so it's almost time to start, and our folks don't know that we can't meet. Wes gets on his cell phone and calls the 4 families who normally come, and then we waited for the one single lady whose new phone number we didn't have yet. She was late! LOL So, having notified everyone, we came back home.
We'd really love to find a place to rent that could be ours to use as we wish. We're praying toward that end . . . especially after tonight! LOL