January 9, 2009

Happy Birthday, Faith UCC!

Filed under: Faith Seeking Understanding — Pastor Tim @ 1:03 pm

Happy 2009!  The first Sunday of this year marked the 45th birthday of Faith United Church of Christ in Davenport.

How are we a different congregation from when we were a newborn congregation?  Or a 20-year-old congregation?  We often focus on these facts: that the average age of our members is older, and that the number of members we have is lower.  I believe those changes are due largely to the shifts in the neighborhood of our church property.  We no longer are able to draw young families from the surrounding neighborhood because few young families move in this neighborhood any more.  (In the last fourteen years, we have never had even 20 trick-or-treaters at Halloween time at the church parsonage!)

But we are also different in the many ways that we serve in our community.  Whether it is supporting many of the hunger and shelter ministries of Churches United, or providing items for numerous social service agencies in our area, or supporting church camps at Pilgrim Heights, we have grown stronger through the years in our commitments to reach beyond the boundaries of our property.

We face new decisions every year concerning where and how we are to grow as a congregation.  May we always keep our hearts open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as we make decisions that affect our future.