Members of LMC,
As a diverse and spiritually curious congregation we have been blessed with significant growth in recent years. Throughout the year the church council has prayed and discussed how best to meet the needs of this growth. What do our increased numbers mean for our present? Our future? We wonder if our current mission statement defines exactly what we are to do in this world. Does our vision inspire us to live out God’s will beyond the corner of Wilson and Campbell? God calls us in many directions. Which path is right for us in this time and place? It is important for us to embrace our growth and choose to make room for whatever it is that God has in store.
A good place to begin is with the kitchen remodel. The congregation has already decided to update the kitchen and the wheels are in motion. The architect has been in to discuss the overall footprint and create some initial renderings. You will have a chance to give your input. The kitchen needs to work for us. Get your wish lists ready!
In thinking about who we are and where we think we are headed we have discussed a couple of unique opportunities that have presented themselves in conjunction with the kitchen remodel. We have the opportunity to partner with the Lincoln Square Friendship Center to help feed our neighbors. One Stop Wednesdays will begin again soon. Why not expand the meal we are already serving and provide hot meals to members of our community who might not get them on a regular basis? A new kitchen could be an incredible vehicle for sharing God’s gifts beyond our doors and starting with our own little corner of the city.
Another exciting opportunity is the chance to partner with Pilgrim Lutheran Church on a preschool, which would be located here at Luther. We believe this partnership could be beneficial to both of our congregations as well as our community. There is a need for affordable preschools in our area. CPS preschools are closing, there are long wait lists at existing schools in the area and there seems to be plenty of interest in faith-based early learning. We have already been talking with Pilgrim about what that might look like and how it might work. The kitchen renovation can easily include a revamp of the back garden space and an addition of a play space for kids, possibly located above the boiler room. Not only would this be a necessary addition for a preschool class, it would be an additional space for our own LMC children. Picture a small group meeting in the garden while the kids play nearby!
We invite you to learn more about these opportunities and next steps for our congregation in general at a special congregational meeting to be held between services on Sunday, August 24th. We will have time to discuss these ideas and opportunities in small group settings at cottage meetings to be held throughout the fall.
It is an exciting time for our church. The council has been thinking, praying, planning, talking…now it’s your turn. What do you think? What questions do you have? We want to hear from you!