As you probably noticed, the end of June and the beginning of July mark the end of our first year here in Alliance. Time flies. Sometime the entire year feels like one giant blur. But a year ago our home was full of boxes, a lot of things had gone into storage (some of them are still there) and we were worrying over the logistics of moving. This year we’re fussing over flowerbeds, preparing my brother’s house for sale, and thinking about strategy for mission and ministry.
So how are we doing?
That’s a conversation that I hope to have with a number of people will be having in the days ahead. Sara Sherer and I have already begun that conversation, it’s a regular part of our monthly (less often in the summer) staff meetings, and it’s a conversation that I welcome with any of our church family. What are your thoughts, what strategies, mission, and ministries should we pursue, what’s working, what has gone well, and what could we do better?
As for me, I am often struck by the willingness, and the passion, with which our Christ Church family are reaching out to our community. We are in mission through food pantries, participation in, and financial support of, the Habitat for Humanity Apostle Build, weekly community dinners, Cooking for the Soul classes, support for the work of the Alliance of Churches, as well as for mission and outreach outside of Alliance. Christ Church’s support of Red Bird Mission, The Joy Center in Big Creek, Kentucky, schools in Sierra Leone, the work of Farmer to Farmer in Liberia, and many others. Patti and I have been staggered (and truly blessed) by the interest, support, and encouragement that we have received regarding the things in which we are participate.
We couldn’t be more grateful.
In some ways, we are still learning about one another. We haven’t always hit the right notes. Everything hasn’t gone perfectly. There are lessons to be learned and things that we can do better. But in total, I am very pleased with where we are. It seems as if the more things I learn about the people of Christ Church, the more impressed I have become, I am excited about the future, excited about our ministry together, and I am truly looking forward to the year ahead.
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