When I think of Community, I am reminded of the story of the pebble tossed into the water and how the ripples spread out in every direction–so it is with our influence at National Avenue. From our youngest members to the older ones, we have so many opportunities to spread our influence in the “Community,” which goes far beyond Springfield.
From the youth projects to gather money for building houses in Nicaragua, to various projects to help our less fortunate here at home, to remembering our members who are unable to attend services, to donations of various items from food to coats, blankets and shoes, and, of course, cash and time.
As a 50 plus year member of this congregation I have found our church to be welcoming, open, worshipful, and spiritually uplifting in all areas, especially our Sunday morning services. But above that I feel we have gone so far in the idea of “Community” to mean so much more than just our immediate church and the building.