Romans 12:13,15-16 (NIV)
Share with the LORD's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.
I’ve always thought that adding a Community Life Center at Resurrection West was a great idea; but I recently had two experiences that left me saying, “Wow! We really NEED this!”
The first was the day of my mother’s memorial service, which was held in North Carolina at the little country church where my mom and dad served faithfully for over 55 years. A place where my mom served in many roles over time: treasurer, Women’s Missionary Union president, Sunday school teacher, dedicated choir member and even choir director for a while.
After the service and graveside, we went back to the church’s fellowship hall for a luncheon. As you can imagine, we were exhausted and grieving. Having a place to relax, eat and tell wonderful stories about my mom, Mary Ann Holliday, was a blessing beyond words. We stayed there for around 2 hours and felt truly comforted and more at peace because of that time and space. Here at Resurrection West, we’ve been using our narthex to provide family and friends opportunities to gather after funerals. While we’ve made that work to the best of our ability, I can honestly say, we NEED a better space to receive and comfort people during such a difficult time. It can make a huge difference in the lives of those grieving.
Another experience was MLK MEGA MISSION serve day. As many of you know, I was with my mom and dad in North Carolina during that time. I am so thankful for all who pitched in and made MLK MM an absolutely incredible day of service! When I found out that 427 of you (64 more than last year) came together to accomplish all that you did to help our community and beyond that day, I was amazed! What a tremendous community of faith you are and how honored I am to serve alongside each of you.
Looking ahead, we need to add to and/or expand our projects. To do that, we really NEED more space. What a great challenge to have, right? A Community Life Center would be perfect for hosting another huge mission project on that day.
Now, I know my two thoughts about needing a Community Life Center are very specific; but here’s the thing – these are just two of many, many reasons to build. I’m so excited about the possibilities that a new tool like a Community Life Center will offer as we continue building a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.
Gracious and loving God, thank you for allowing us to be your hands, feet and heart for those who are grieving or in-need. May we offer comfort and care with all that we have and all that we are. And may we use our new spaces and places for your glory, always. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.