SEASIDE - If you've wondered "what on earth am I doing here?," a local church wants to help you find the answer.
North Coast Family Fellowship will launch a 40 Days of Purpose campaign with an informational meeting and simulcast at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, 2245 N. Wahanna Road.
The campaign is a 40-day study of the New York Times best-selling book "The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren. The study includes sermons, book reading and 49 weekly small discussion groups from Tillamook to Long Beach. In addition, more than 3,000 churches in 52 countries will be studying the book this spring.
The study is based on an overview of five biblical principles of purpose that address the question "what on earth are we doing here," Senior Pastor John Nagle said.
"On average, a person lives about 25,550 days," he said. "If there is a possibility that you might be able to determine what your purpose in life is by spending 40 of the 25,5550 days discussing and reading about the subject, why wouldn't you?"
Nagle said the church is offering the 40 Days campaign to help people find meaning in life and God's entrance into the next life. Everyone is invited to participate.
"Everyone looks for true, satisfying purpose, but so few find it," he said. "God offers it. We want to share it."
Seaside resident Angie Fairless will lead one of the small group meetings. Beside providing a small, intimate setting to discuss the principles learned during the study, the groups provide a great chance for fellowship.
"You get together with seven to 10 people and it's a great get-to-know-you process," she said. "Anything with Christ involved, you'll have love like no other. It's about making strong friendships and it's kind of like a support group."
For more information or to participate, call the church at 738-7453.