Easter Sunday at NACC

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Easter Sunday is April 4th this year. We have 4 different Easter opportunities.

  • Gather with us at 6:15am in the Water Wise Garden for a time of sharing the Easter Morning stories, singing songs, and silence to greet Easter Morning.
  • At 7:30 we will enjoy breakfast boxes together! We will eat outside and with our own pods/6 feet or more away from other pods.  (to participate, please sign up HERE)
  • Families with kiddos – Join us for an “egg roll” at 8:30. See if YOU can complete the course for a prize! (to participate, please sign up HERE)
  • Finally, we will have online Easter Sunday worship at our regular time, 10am!

Crisis Cold Weather Shelter

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Someone said each of us individually may be a snowflake, but put us all together and we’re an avalanche. Together we have the power to do some real good.

We have a crisis within a crisis in our city. A variety of long term systemic factors like low wages, lack of affordable housing, aging out of foster care with no support, lack of accessible mental health and addiction recovery treatments, racism, homo/transphobia, human trafficking, all play a part in homelessness in our city. Now, we have the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, like job losses leading to evictions, leading to even more people experiencing homelessness. COVID19 also means that overnight shelters need to create 6’ distance between cots out and adopt precautionary measures, so existing shelters have lowered capacity; the primary Men’s CCWS capacity slashed from 100 to 50. Additionally, past years’ regular volunteers are staying home because many are at higher risk for severe complications and death from COVID19. The situation has reached critical as we’re seeing freezing cold temperatures and hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in our community. 

First Unitarian Universalist Church and National Avenue Christian Church are partnering with so many organizations and individuals to offer shelter this winter. In less than a week First UU went from entertaining the ask to opening their doors! On Saturday December 18, 2020 15 people were sheltered while temps dropped to 31 degrees, this will continue on all nights temps are at or below freezing through April, assuming we can keep it staffed. First UU is providing the building space and the heat and together we’re providing staff, volunteers, snacks, coffee, and other resources.

We need your help.

Sign-up to volunteer: http://bit.ly/ccwsvolunteer
Not sure what volunteering overnight entails? Watch the video and read the info at cpozarks.org/coldweather and reach out to Ashley Quinn at justice@nationalavenuecc.com or 417.413.1969 (call or text) with further questions or complete this interest form. 

Donate: signupgenius.fundly.com/crisis-cold-weather-shelter 

Funds will be used to provide a staff person for overnights and potentially support additional shelters in opening.

Educate yourself and share with your networks. KSMU just did a great job on a series called Unsheltered. Here are some other local news stories. 

This is specifically about the shelter we’re partnering with, https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2020/12/18/missouri-ozarks-springfield-third-church-offers-cold-weather-shelter-homeless/3960840001/ 

This Facebook Live video was an opportunity for unsheltered individuals, area pastors, advocates, and family members of some who have died of hypothermia to share their stories. There’s a sign-on letter to city leaders, as well.

Let’s be an avalanche of good in our community.

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.