Dear Faith Friends,

I am back in Indianapolis for four weeks, before I am back at Faith.  It is filled with a unique kind of anticipation.

This week, writing the first draft of our Community Ministry Grant proposal.

For several years, Faith has diligently explored and talked with community leaders about the resources and needs they see, to discern how our congregation is to connect with the community.  Just about the time that we were gaining clarity on a vision of our calling and wondering about how to proceed, Center for Congregations announced a matching grant program for congregations ready to explore mutual ministry with their community.  It sounded like a perfect match for us.

We’ve learned a lot from the year-long process with Center for Congregations, as well as experiencing some frustration as we have been a bit a head of the curve in planning.  Still, the support and experience they offer, plus the possibility of shared funding has made the extra process worthwhile.

To be honest, writing the grant wasn’t that hard.  We’ve have done a lot of hard work already.  Or maybe we have let the Spirit of Jesus Christ do a lot of hard work among us.

I come back to Indy with renewed energy and excitement about what we are called to do with and for our neighbors.

Blessings for the journey,

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.  Long before we first hear of Christ and got our hopes us, he had his eyes on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. – Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, chapter 1