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The Block Party Church

Looking for how God is already at work opened new ministry opportunities in our neighborhood.

One afternoon, our neighborhood association called. They wanted to know if our church could help them "throw a party."

They had money available to spend on something the neighborhood cared about, but they were having trouble getting input from people who lived in two local complexes: one large low-income housing unit and a building that was home to people living with HIV-AIDS. The association had received a lot of input from homeowners in the neighborhood on how the money should be spent, but they wanted to be sure everyone was represented. They thought that a party might be a safe place for us all to gather, have a good time, and complete a survey on how to spend neighborhood money.

I was shocked. I remember saying, "Let me get this right. The neighborhood association wants to know if they can hire the church to throw a party for the people living in these two buildings?" That's right, that's what they were asking us, and they had several thousand dollars ...

May/June
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