North Campus Update

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First Church,

As you know, we have been in a time of discernment regarding our next best and most faithful steps related to our North Campus. You may recall that back in January we worked with a consultant who helped us process the next steps we need to take with our North Campus.

Since that time we have already taken two significant steps. First, as was shared a number of weeks ago, we have decided to stop the North Campus Sunday morning worship experience. This decision was reached after multiple town hall gatherings and in conjunction with the consultant’s recommendation. Second, we have had a gathering to brainstorm possible future uses of the North Campus facility.

Today I want to let you know of our two next steps as we understand them.

1) We will have a final worship experience at the North Campus on Sunday, May 20. We have chosen this date for a couple of reasons. First, this date is Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost was the day that the apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and sent out into the world. Our North Campus folks will also be going forth to share the love of Christ in a variety of ways. In addition, this date will allow the North Campus worship experience to end strong by living into its missional identity in that part of our community through most of the rest of this school year.

2) We expect that sometime in late May or June we will be able to give more information on the future direction and possible uses of the North Campus facility itself. There are many factors and possibilities to consider including evaluating the cost of facility repairs, exploring possible partnerships with other community organizations, and assessing current ministry needs along with the space they need to operate. When a prayerful direction has been discerned more information will be given. Until then, we request your continued prayers and support.

I cannot thank our North Campus folks enough for their humble, mature, and faithful spirit in this process. God has used our North Campus in significant ways in the Cochran school community and surrounding area which helped us as an entire congregation continue to grow in our faith. We are people of the Resurrection. Because of this, I am quite confident that God will use this entire process to bring forth more life and opportunity for the glory of God than we would ever expect!

I ask for your continued prayers as we seek God’s will over our own, for the glory of God, and for Transformation In Christ, Changing Lives Inside and Out.

In Christ,

Pastor Matt