Wow. Thank you! Thank you to our donors who offered to match any increases in pledges and new pledges; and thank you to those who have responded! I am amazed by your response! (We will make a full report in worship on Sunday, May 6, after all the pledge cards have been returned.)
Wow. And an apology. I realized some people wanted to look again at the list of my own personal hopes and dreams; but since I had them put on the back of the pledge cards they were given back to us. Oops.
Here is the information I had distributed:
Continue looking for ways to invite new people to hear and respond to God’s grace by:
Developing Children’s Ministry that intentionally includes neighborhood children
Providing an alternative, informal worship service (an idea named at the Church Council Planning Retreat in January)
Creating new events to draw attention to our ministry (such as Party in the Park)
Inviting non-church connected people to participate in mission activities
Expand the concept of Neighboring by:
Encouraging engagement with businesses on north side of Central (nearest the church), maybe an Ash Wednesday service at Verita Coffee, for example; or perhaps a Pet Blessing Service with or at the Pet Shop
Connecting in more ways with Peterson School, adding to our already growing relationship
Becoming active in the Westlink Neighborhood Association, beyond hosting their meetings
Reframe discussions, so that we are thinking in terms of creating a new church within and alongside our existing church; looking for ways to attract new people into our church by sharing the good news of God’s grace to the people in our immediate neighborhood
Those are my dreams. I look forward to conversations about them, and I look forward to hearing what your hopes and dreams might be!