Greetings to the friends and members of First Christian Church,
I am grateful for the community of caretakers at First Christian Church. I have seen you take care of grieving families and the aging building. In addition to these unexpected moments of crisis, you use your gifts to address the needs of people at their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. I am curious to see how you use your gifts in the future and I am excited to be on this journey with you.
I appreciate the monthly health screenings that are conducted at the church and I wonder what else we can do to promote preventative health. I enjoy seeing the healthy food options available for breakfast at Café Grace and I wonder if others are as tempted as I am by the donuts, cakes and cookies. I schedule time for exercise into my weeks and I wonder how many others have the same struggle to stay committed to a regular work-out plan. We say we care about the physical health of people and we do act in a manner that is consistent, to a degree, with what we say. But I wonder what else we can say and do to meet people where they are when it comes to addressing their physical health.
As I think about how we address the physical caretaking of our bodies I also find myself thinking about the caretaking we do for the physical building of our church. This community cares deeply for the building that we worship and fellowship within.During two of the heavy rains this year we experienced water backing up into the church. We responded to address the problems rushing water created and worked to find solutions so this typically rare problem does not happen again. Water has also found a way into the church through the dome. The dome of the church has become our identity to the people of Bellefontaine as a landmark for the place we meet as a Christian community. We are in the process of making repairs to the dome and I wonder do people know what we do under the dome?
Our bodies need attention and care to help us as human beings live into our purpose. Similarly, the space we worship in also needs attention and care to help us live into the purpose we have as a faithful Christian community. You have done a wonderful job of maintaining the church building for over a hundred years and honoring the gift that has been left to us by the generations that have preceded you. When I walk into the church and the sanctuary it does not feel old, it feels like it is ours. As a church you have responded well in taking care of the building when a need arises. The needs of the building are becoming more evident as problems arise and we are confronted with an opportunity to define the church we will pass along to future generations. Can the work we do under the dome be reflected in the caretaking of our dome?
Peace & Blessings,