Today Christ United Methodist Church is celebrating.
We are cutting the ribbon on THRIVE! Child Care and Family Resource Center. THRIVE! is located on the first floor of our building. This church took stock of its abundance and determined that we would use what we have to build the future.
We raised money. We gutted our first floor. We built room for 82 children to learn that the world is a safe and fascinating place. All of these things we did because we believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ compels us to open our hands and hearts.
Whilst the world around us is tattering itself with partisan violence, we are using who we are and what we have to build an oasis of grace.
I’m pretty sure that’s the call placed upon our lives.
We are doing this work because we believe we are called to dismantle systems of oppression. Those systems begin their insidious work before first breath is drawn. We want to break the cycle of poverty.
We believe that is our call.
We can’t eradicate poverty and want for all children.
But by God, for 82 children, we will do what we can.
Praise God from whom all blessing flow.
And oh, praise God for courageous faith-filled dreamers who believe in their call to ministry.