When Jesus told parables, some were about cities, but they were just as likely to be about farmers and crops or shepherds and sheep. When He wanted to be close to His Father, Jesus went away from the city, to the country or wilderness.
So, to use the understatement of eternity, if it was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for us. This month we're going to places that are thought of as rural and towns that are small.
We're not being terribly cut and dried with our definition, though. For instance, we're not going to Vernon, even though it's the smallest incorporated city in California with a population of 114. Since it's five miles south of Los Angeles, it's sure not rural. And we are going to Ukiah, which has a population of over 15,000 -- not small by many standards, but it's no Metropolis either, and rural certainly seems to describe it better than urban.
So feel free to join us as we take some country roads to the places we belong ... in church... almost every Sunday... with Bible, notebooks and cameras in hand.
(a warning: May has five Sundays and one of those, by necessity, will be in a not very small town. But we'll still be in church.)