The second post is by Ardis Parshall at Keepapitchinin. It's a response to Seraphine's post, and Ardis talks about what it's like being a 50-something single member in the church.
Both posts highlight the point that often the church doesn't know what to do with single members. I think the first step would be for the membership to recognize that this isn't the "church of eternal families". It's the church of Jesus Christ!
One of my favorite scriptures is in Ephesians 2:19, where Paul preached to the newly converted Christians.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.Too often, single members of the church are treated as "strangers and foreigners" instead of "fellowcitizens with the saints". We can do better.