This past Sunday, around 30 people gathered for lunch. We affirmed the exciting things that have occurred at Faith, and on the Eastside, over this past year. Also, we talked about the faithful ways the Faith community has served neighbors, over a long history. Additionally, we discussed the value of considering what our legacy will be. What do we want people to say/think about Faith now, and in the future? We talked about how this season has been financially difficult for many. We also discussed some of our building challenges, and the need to add a capital fund to our budget, to help meet those needs over time, with a capital campaign.
It was a lot to digest, and we will provide further opportunities to find space to hold important conversations.
As we talked about legacy, and the value of considering our legacy, we affirmed the ways the community has reimagined before, in how to make a difference on the Eastside. We are in that hopeful season again. It is always important, where possible, to reimagine from a place of missional hope and not just from necessity. We can do that. We have an opportunity to dream, vision, and with creativity reimagine this season that has been challenging for many.
Specifically we talked about ways we could collaborate with other churches, and agencies. This is happening already. This past year we have begun a partnership with Indy Urban Acres, who had a relationship already with our friends at Old Bethel. Also, we have begun connection with the Moorhead Resource Center. As a result of that partnership, Indy Urban Acres now have created their own connection with the center. All these partnerships are forming, so that we can better love our neighbors. On Sunday, we talked about how we might continue to be a missional hub on the Eastside. We talked about the potential of a CDC (Community Development Corporation), and how that might open us to additional resources to serve others.
What is true, as we explore missional growth and community partners, is that we must be bold and creative to reimagine how we can love and serve our neighbors. Therefore, we enter this season with hope, creativity, and an authentic awareness that it’s a hard season for many. With that in mind, lets keep our hearts open and available to serve, love, and extend empathy to ALL.