Loving Beyond: Stewardship 2021 and beyond

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In this season, we have invited one another to love beyond. Beyond what we can see. Beyond what we can imagine. Over the past several weeks we have held the tensions of living in Holy Chaos and shared about ways we are being the church and loving beyond this moment. Church happens in our homes. Church happens through texts. Church happens as we build connection via zoom and Facebook. Church happens as we find ways to love beyond.

During this season of claiming the ways we see love, live love, and become love, we are celebrating the resources entrusted to our care. We have heard the call to love our neighbor, to care for creation, to care for Spirit dwelling deep within us and to care for our community-in new ways. We celebrate this call and the ways we invest in this community. Together, we have provided food and a safe space for our unsheltered neighbors and friends. We have provided additional space for AA groups to continue meeting during critical times, we expanded space for DGMS so they could offer programming for kids in the SPS school system, and much more.

A paper estimate of giving is on it’s way! Please watch for it to hit your snail mail box in the next few days. It has a tear off section to mail back as well as a self addressed and stamped envelope! If you prefer, there is also an online form for you can fill out HERE!

We look forward to reflecting on the ways we have been church and dream about what comes next! On November 22nd, we will have the opportunity to offer our support for this community as we prepare for next year.

Congregational Meeting

Congregational Meeting

We will hold our semi-annual congregational meeting on August 30th.

We are planning to hold the meeting via zoom (with a call in option) and with paper ballots. All information is available to members of the church via mail and email this week. Paper ballots and reports will be included in the mailings.

The nominating committee has put together the proposed list of leadership to be voted on at the congregational meeting. Leaders will be asked to commit to doing anti-racism training over the next year. Currently, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) requires ministers to participate in anti-racism and pro-reconciling training and to work to maintain standing within our denomination. We feel the urgency to deepen our work and commitment as a church and to give our leadership the tools to do this critical work as well.

In these digital times, the way we live as Elders, Deacons, and a board may look different but remains as important as ever. We look forward to finding meaningful ways to support our work as a church to nurture spirituality, deepen community and do justice together.

To help in that mission, we would love to hear from you. Please fill out THIS survey on your hopes, questions and concerns so that we can address them at the meeting!

Walking Church – August 23rd

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As we find new ways to be church, we long for ways to pray for one another and be in familiar sacred space. The Spirituality Collaborative, Pastoral Leadership, and many others are working together to create a safe space (in our sanctuary!) for this to happen.

On the evening of Sunday, August 23rd, the Sanctuary will have prayer stations and invitations to pray for one another. We will update the post as soon as we have time slots available to sign up for.

You can pray at home (on your own walking path!), walk in the sanctuary, or do both!

If you are interested in volunteering to help hold this space, please contact Pastor Jenn. Please share prayers with pastorjenn@nationalavenuecc.com.

Blood Drive at NACC 7/27/20

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The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will be holding a blood drive hosted by National Avenue Christian Church and in collaboration with The Ozarks Dharma Community, University Heights Neighborhood Association and Phelps Grove Neighborhood.

The drive will be held inside the Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church from 1-6pm on Monday, July 27th.

All participants will be asked to wear a mask, if you do not have one, one can be provided to you.

National Avenue Christian Church will be giving a $5 donation to AIDS Project of the Ozarks for each person who donates blood.

Each individual who donates will be provided with a t-shirt and 5 dollar gift card while supplies last.

Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule your appointment call 417-227-5006 or go to https://donate.cbco.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/126606

CBCO is the exclusive provider or blood to ALL area hospitals, so come and make a big difference in your community!

Help Support Pitts Chapel

111001773_2737403589829983_2048265805443557350_nIn 1847, a group of enslaved Africans started the church we know today as Pitts Chapel UMC. Their building, built in 1911, is in need of major repairs totaling $250,000. Recently we heard from Rev. Tracey Wolff that Gibson Chapel, another historically black church was demolished in the last several month, and we don’t want to see Pitts fall to that fate.

We want to send a check from NACC to Pitts Chapel for $10,000, so the Justice Collaborative has committed to a matching challenge grant of $5,000 from Unitrust funds. So far, we are at just over $1,000! The matching challenge runs through the end of July!

Make your contribution by noting Pitts Chapel in the memo line on PayPal or by mailing a check. Everything received through the end of July will be collected and matched and then sent to Pitts Chapel.

PayPal online donation: https://www.paypal.me/natlave
Mail Check to: 1515 S. National Ave. | Springfield, MO 65804

To read more and see more pictures, check out THIS piece in the Springfield News-Leader.

Unraveled the Journal!

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What happens when our world falls apart? How do we press onward when our tightly- knit plans unravel into loose threads? What do we become when our identity—or the path we’re on—comes undone? What if all of this is not the end we fear it will be? In our unraveling, sometimes life surprises us with unexpected joy, love, and hope— with a new beginning we couldn’t have imagined. Sometimes we need to lean into the unraveling, for we long to be changed. Join with us for the next 8 weeks as we hear stories of unraveled shame, identity, fear, grief, dreams, and expectations. These are stories where God meets us in the spiraling, unraveling our plans—and us—into something new.

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