Hi, friends. My mom and I decided that my church needs an official website, and I’ve been working on it for a couple weeks. Here it is. In my extremely biased opinion, it looks great so far.
At the time of writing this, I’ve nearly finished “Community Outreach.” Listing and describing our mission projects has blessed me. I honestly didn’t realize how many ways we reach out. Along with several individual missions, we take part in two organizations made up of local churches. One is all United Methodists; one is not specific to a denomination. I feel proud yet humbled that my local churches are coordinating in different ways to bring God’s love along with material needs to such small, rural communities.
Many “Americanized Christians” (my term) have forgotten the cost of discipleship; they’ve become insular and self-serving. Church is their social club. Ah, another post for another day…point being, we do not have that problem, thank God! We are helping our neighbors.
I’m about to work on “History.” I know both wonderful and painful memories will be drudged up in writing it. I will make a post in the future with some pictures and details, but long story short, my church was burned down by an arsonist in 2012. Our church body gathered with our sister church every Sunday until we rebuilt in 2015. I know God must be faithful when I reflect how we survived that time period. The memories will be wonderful and painful because I grew up in that place–a beautiful house of God where I spent my childhood reduced to a pile of ashes…yet look where we are today! I predict that tears will stream down my cheeks as I write it (I’m already crying tbh).
We learned through a literal trial by fire that the church is the people, not a building. But with the opportunity to rebuild came the opportunity to create an all-purpose facility whose highest aim is service rather than beauty. Maybe, just maybe, God has a plan. 😉
If no one in your church has done it, you should make a list of your ministries and compile a church history. Maybe God has blessed you more than you realize. Or maybe you need to engage more with your community, remembering what it means to follow Jesus.
Thanks for reading!