The last Saturday in October, a huge tractor-trailer pulled into the driveway of our St. Luke's Mission Center and unloaded 45,000 pounds of potatoes. Metropolitan folks partnered with volunteers from Foundry UMC and the Society of St. Andrew to make sure that hundreds of families across our city had a little more to eat. This event was typical of the way we have begun to work: building partnerships around our neighborhood, our city, nationally, and even internationally, so that we can multiply our efforts to extend radical hospitality, pursue justice, and transform lives.
2013 has been a very exciting year for our church community. We have been invited to move outside of our normal way of doing things, and God has met us in this new place. We have been very successful in integrating our new merged parish, our attendance numbers continue to increase, worship has been vital and life-giving, Soup and Study is growing and thriving, we are becoming broadly known for our work in contemplative prayer, and we have seen an explosion in our service ministries.
The tremendous generosity of our congregation makes this vital work possible. Every day, your gifts are helping to transform our community and our world. But we need every person to participate. As we plan for the coming year, and explore how we continue to grow our ministries, please take a little time to pray about how you can increase your generosity. Your giving is a way to change the world we live in, and simultaneously, to open up your own life more powerfully to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Make giving a part of your spiritual discipline in 2014!
Rev. Dr. Charles Parker