Almost half of Americans are lonely

Decades of research substantiate the devastating effects of social isolation. Loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day and increases the risk of death by 26-45%, which is on par with risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and lack of exercise. —

The Lord established the church as the home of the lonely people, among other things. Where people are united, reconciled, forgiven, fellowshipped, and loved.

Let us welcome the lonely into our congregations and make a place for those who have no real relationship in their lives.