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March 13, 2011

The Wow Factor

Filed under: Chicago, Jesus — sashyjane @ 10:20 pm

I’ve mentioned a time or 12 that I love to watch television. Monday nights are for Dancing with the Stars, Tuesday nights are for Glee and What Not to Wear, Thursdays are for Community, The Office, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock and Friday nights are for Say Yes to the Dress.

Say Yes to the Dress is one of those obnoxious  shows that I cannot stop watching. Almost every bride is an insufferable narcissist with an intolerable accent who has taken out a loan to afford some giant monstrosity of a dress and I find myself loving to loathe them. They all come to Kleinfeld’s with the hope of finding their “dream gown with the wow factor.” Some of them try on hundreds of dresses, not satisfied with anything in their budget while a select few walk in, try on only one dress and fall absolutely in love with it.

This is one of my favorite brides at which to violently roll my eyes.

Here they are, in Kleinfeld’s, a salon full of thousands of dresses and they’ve only tried on one. That can’t be the right one, right? The bride, let’s call her Carmen Giordano, waited three weeks for an appointment, invited her mother, future mother-in-law, first cousin, best friend from summer camp ’97, boss from that Christmas she worked at Applebee’s, high school drama coach, that girl who was sitting across from her on the bus that time and of course, her tough-as-jerky grandmother along for the experience. She went over her strict dress criteria with her hardened sales associate whose tough-as-jerkiness rivals the grandmother’s and now Carmen is looking forward to the long, laborious task of trying on dress after dress in the quest for her “dream gown.”

But what’s this? The first dress is spectacular. It combines the ridiculous pick up skirt she wanted with the strapless sweetheart top and it’s encrusted with enough “bling” to make the rap industry blush. Carmen is in love with it and she can’t wait to spend “her special day” in this dress. She tells the confession camera, “When my fiance Tony to sees me in this gown, he’s gonna be blown away.” But it’s the first dress. The first dress can’t be THE dress, can it? Not with 2,000 other dresses hanging expectantly in the stock room.

That’s how I felt about Ethos this morning. Not the loving to loathe it part, the this can’t be the one part. After last week’s misstep, this is the first church I’ve tried on my church list and I absolutely loved it! The teaching was fantastic, the music was somewhat Nashvillian and the people couldn’t have been friendlier. I even made a few friends! Hallelujah! Praise Jesus!

So now I’m faced with a dilemma: do I continue to church shop or do I come back to the first dress? Ethos gave me the “wow factor” but there are so many other churches in the stockroom.



  1. Keep shopping a bit, just to see what’s out there. We’ll keep a seat warm for your return.

    Comment by Andy A. — March 13, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

  2. From what I hear–most often the first dress is “THE” dress. Not sure the same applies to churches. And technically–this is your 2nd church due to the misstep last week.
    Also, I loved every single word of this post especially everything about SYTTD…I think I will read this post again several times.

    Comment by Susie — March 13, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

  3. Stick to the first, if it gets old or less pleasing, then look some more.

    Comment by Pop — March 14, 2011 @ 8:11 am

  4. The church is not contained in four walls…if you find people who share your love for Christ and have a mutual understanding of his sacrifice…then there you go!

    Comment by Charity — March 14, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  5. Love this post. You’re so good!

    Comment by Kristal Yancie — March 29, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

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