Something is happening at First Lutheran Community Church
Something is happening at First Lutheran Community Church.
We are seeing people coming through our doors we have not seen in a long time. We are seeing people in need coming through our doors because they know we are the ones that care. We are seeing other churches coming through our doors because they know that we are the ones to partner with to achieve some lasting change in our community. We are seeing families with little ones coming through our doors because they know that at this church children are valued and loved. We are seeing people that want nothing to do with a church coming through our doors because they know that we are not like the churches that have hurt them in the past.
Part of this change has happened because of our transformation process, the transformation grant that we have been getting over the last three years. And this year we are starting a new three year grant cycle, but the difference this time is the grant is for less dollars than before, but the need in our community, both inside and outside these walls is growing.
Many of you have met Corrinne, our resource coordinator. She works with people that walk through our doors in need of help with finding a home, finding food, finding clothes, finding resources and she walks with them as they maneuver through the incredibly complicated process of getting help through the county, city, state, and federal government. There is a line of people at Corrinne’s desk each day and there are no signs of slowing down. Corrinne is working to draw together other churches so that we are not the only church in our area working to help people in most dire need and that kind of coordination and intentionality takes time.
Many of you have met Marj, our visitation coordinator. As a congregation with an aging population, as a congregation with more and more people that cannot make it to the church building during the week, as a congregation that is working to live out the call that we must lift up and stand with every member of our church body, we have brought Marj on board to make sure that everyone is heard, everyone receives the guidance and care they need. We are hearing from more people… “my loved one goes to this other church, but they are not being visited, we know that FLCC is a church that cares, could Marj…” that kind of radical going out takes time.
In the previous grant, the resource and visitation coordinators had their whole salary paid by the grant. Before, every single dollar for those positions came from the grant. Well, this year, part of their salary is going to have to come from the general budget, part of their salary is going to have to be paid for by us. This has me excited. Will it cost more? Sure. Will it make the budget a little tighter? Of course. But I’m looking forward to thinking about all of those people that are coming through our doors and the different way so many lives are being changed and then getting to say… through my financial pledge and my time pledge I was a part of that.
I want to be honest with you. We have tried a number of different things over the last few years to clearly present where your volunteer hours and generous dollars have gone throughout the year. We have done narrative budgets in which stories are linked with the budgeted line item. We have shared faith stories of why people give and what they think was accomplished through that giving. We have met in cottage meetings to discuss the big picture and where we are headed. But there are times when I think we can get distracted by all the stories and there are times when simple is best. Now is one of those times.
Something is happening at First Lutheran Community Church. But we need your help to keep it going. We need your support. We need you to volunteer. We need you to give financially when you can. We are building something special.
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