Justice Marching

Justice Marching

On August 28th, 2013 we marched. We marched to celebrate and remember the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” It was so powerful to march side by side with so many people from National Avenue Christian Church who care so deeply about justice.

In the unity march, coordinated by many community leaders, we marched to remember King’s dream. Walking together created a renewed sense of King’s vision and dream in our community. After the march we gathered in downtown Springfield to celebrate, remember, listen, and dream.

Collaborative Meetings begin in September!

While an essential part of our conversations around restructuring have dealt with the business aspects of our church, more importantly there has been a wonderful energy surrounding new ideas and ways that we can minister at National Avenue. Over the past year, as a church community, we have been focusing on the areas of Spirituality, Community, and Justice. Last fall, our budget was presented in a narrative form that helped us understand how we financially support these parts of our vision.

In September, we will begin the next portion of this initiative with the gathering together of committees, teams and individuals that will be working in each of these areas. On Sunday, September 9th, at 6:00 pm, you are invited to gather together with the leaders of each of these areas to begin talking about our hopes and dreams for this coming church year. We are excited for your voice and input to be heard and felt, as we work together to grow spiritually, develop an evermore loving and caring congregation, and use our time and resources to work for justice in our community and in our world.

If you are already involved in a team [or department] that is working in one of these areas, you will know which of the three groups you want to join that evening. If you are not currently involved in one of these areas, please think about what means the most to you as a part of National Avenue and come be part of that group, bringing your energy and ideas.

Listed below is the breakdown for each Collaborative and their leaders.

Spirituality: Etta Madden and Peter Browning

Community:  Susan Wheeler
Congregational Care
Youth Groups

Justice:  Brad Wadle
Outreach Financial  and Outreach Volunteers

A light dinner will be served that evening, and you are invited to bring a dessert to share. An Evite will be sent closer to the event date; you may register attendance through that method or call the church office to RSVP. A meeting of the General Board will be held at 5:00 pm, prior to the Collaborative Meetings.

A word from Tina Watson

By now, you may have heard of the initiative to cap the interest rates that payday and title loan companies are allowed to charge in the state of Missouri. This issue is important to many people in our community and our congregation. Tina Watson is one such individual, and she asked us to share this note.

Are you interested in the current local initiatives regarding the minimum wage increase and a cap on predatory payday loan rates? If so and you’d like to help collect signatures toward these initiatives, there will be a training for this coming up by Emily Bowen of Brentwood Christian Church. Please email Tina Watson at cmwatson67@sbcglobal.net and let me know. The goal is to gather signatures on a few Sundays at church before April 1.