Sunday, May 29, 2011

A new way to worship.

Tonight, I had my first experience at a non-denominational worship service. I am usually pretty reserved about my faith (despite what writing this blog might insinuate), so I was a little nervous about attending at first. The service was pretty much what I expected, though, and I would definitely go again!

A few of the other interns and I attended Passion City Church, a local church focused on a university-aged audience. I was particularly excited when I learned Passion is the home of Christian musician Chris Tomlin! Unfortunately, he's on tour so he wasn't singing tonight, but Kristian Stanfill was more than an adequate substitute.

Courtesy of Kristian's Facebook page - not from the service.

That was the first thing that surprised me about the service: the music. I expected a lot of songs, and I expected them to be amazing, but for the first 45 minutes I felt like I was at a concert. (Not that it was a bad thing, just surprising.) It was great to be somewhere where the congregation sang so passionately because I didn't have to worry about anyone hearing my less-than-pleasant singing voice.

Overall, I enjoyed the service. It was different than what I'm used to at my home church, but the messages shared during the sermon were the same. I found I could relate to the anecdotes, and nothing in the service made me feel uncomfortable or hesitant about my own faith. I still plan to practice my specific denomination, but I really enjoyed my time at Passion, and I will probably be back again before the summer ends.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

And then there were five.

It's Memorial Day weekend, which means our Southern girls (Haley - Knoxville, Tenn.; Brittney - Mobile, Ala.; and Courtney - small town, La.) have places to go and people to see. The rest of us, who hail from California to Texas to Connecticut, are now searching for fun (under-21) things to do in the city this weekend (within walking distance because all the cars have followed their Southern belles away).

Last night, Haley (and her Scion!) was still with us, so we drove down to Atlantic Station to check out the nightlife.

Unfortunately, the few places we could find that were still open were not age-appropriate for all of us. So we piled back in the car and drove around the city guided by our smartphones, until our stomachs got the best of us and we stopped at Neighbor's Pub in the nearby Virginia Highlands area for some delectable desserts.

Our first "night on the town" was quite an adventure, but we still have 5-7 more weeks to figure it out. And I know we will.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Welcome to Atlanta!

Okay, so it's "Welcome to Miami," as my fellow interns pointed out just the other day. But I'm in Atlanta, so I'm going to adapt the lyrics for now.

Welcome to my blog! I will (hopefully) be chronicling my adventures during my internship in Atlanta this summer...

then my study abroad trip to Rwanda...

and then my job search when I get back to school (University of Missouri) in August.

I would like to point out that I wanted to call this blog "Megan in Motion" to reflect my constant travels and life changes, but the other interns in the room all laughed at me. Well look right to see my new alliteration! Ha! (Edited to add: I used to have a widget in the right column called "Meet Megan," but I've updated my blog since then!)