Disciples, Apostles, and Saints!
Coming from northeastern Michigan, I sometimes find our lack of snow in central Indiana a bit disappointing. For me, it isn’t about whether or not I love or loathe shoveling the walk. How we feel about our environment shouldn’t be governed by our personal desire or sense of convenience. This is the Midwest. It snows. But a lack of snow in January feels odd. Like something is wrong.
Well, reports are that February is going to be a different story. As I write, a major storm is on its way, promising a bunch of snow and some frigid temperatures. This is not “unfortunate”: it is predictable.
Last year, a major storm led to windchills at or below zero for over two weeks. Our commitment to our neighborhood led to a partnership with Vigo County and Reach Services to provide an emergency warming shelter which led to several people finding permanent housing and we can be confident we helped save lives.
We have partnered to bring the warming center back again this year, offering our Great Hall twice in January and will be doing so again this week. This time, we will have the fortune of being of service to our community through a Sunday morning. If you choose to brave the cold this week, please remember to use the front door on 7th Street!
We have long had the amazing opportunity to be a beacon of Christ through our building and its location. We are also more than a steeple and a garden or a worship space with incredible voice. We are a people of faith in this neighborhood, called to serve. And we have an amazing opportunity to do that once again.