Today was the first day of church for the new semester, having moved back into the apartment that I was in last year there were a good number of people who were in the ward last year. But also many new faces. After meeting new people at ward prayer and at the festivities despues de ward prayer, I came up with an analogy about the ward...involving ice cream sundaes.
The people who are returning to the ward are like the ice cream of the sundae, you know it's good, you're comfortable with the ice cream and enjoy it.
The new people to the ward are the various toppings. That give the the sundae a little punch and make it unique. You may not have tried a sundae with a 100 grand bar, hazelnuts and drizzled carmel, but it looks to be a winning combination.