We can’t do it alone. No congregation can, nor should. I think we often get caught up in wanting the PR opportunity when we’re doing something good. Maybe it will attract visitors and grow our church, we think. But Jesus’ upside-down kingdom cares not for such vainglory. He called us to work together—to launch into the darkness of the world arm-in-arm. And so, when Love INC moved last year, losing the capability to offer showers to our community, our church started looking for partners to help us put a shower in our building.
It didn’t take long. Within a month a group had pulled together to make a shower happen. Habitat for Humanity offered to install the shower at-cost. Chehalem Presbyterian Church became financial partners. Patrons will be able to use personal care kits provided by Grace Baptist. And Love INC helped us apply for grants and think through the logistics. With the team assembled, we set to raising the money needed. It took a while, but we got there in May. Habitat began the work then and over the course of the last few months we’ve been doing all that we could to get the shower ready for use.
Now we’re just a few weeks away from being ready to open. We’re excited for the opportunity to show our world what can be done when Christians link arms for the work of Christ. We’re excited to see how our co-laboring will bless and dignify those who will utilize the shower. We’re excited to share in a work bigger than our little congregation.
The shower will open in November. To begin with it will operate on Mondays from 11a-1pm and Wednesdays from 5-6p. We’d love to widen the circle of Christians dedicated to this much-needed project. If you’re interested in volunteering, just ask: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All His Peace,
River Street Church of God