Today I was thinking about something in church. In my ward, someone gets up every week to announce that if you are new to the ward, the Bishop and "Transition Committee" (a group that helps with new move-ins) would love to meet you, so there will be a brief meeting before Sunday school for all the new people and a few people they should meet (Elders Quorum, Bishop, etc). But this always sounds a bit weird to me. A meeting. I don't know about you, but when I hear "meeting" I picture this.
Or maybe this.
Is there a reason we have to use that word? Especially with people who are new to the church, I feel like our calling everything a meeting (Sacrament meeting, Elders Quorum meeting, and then if you're lucky you have a committee meeting of some sort after church) is kind of strange. Maybe it's just me, but I would feel kind of weird about "let's have a meeting with the transition committee," but I'd be totally OK with "let's meet up" or "let's get together."
Is that weird?