Christopher and I joined Embry Hills UMC when I was pregnant with Emma, who is 7 now. We had visited a few churches in the area and felt at home as soon as we walked in the door at Embry Hills. Everyone was so welcoming and inviting. We quickly found a Sunday School class where we made some good friends, and we continue to enjoy delving deeper into Scripture and current events with people in a similar stage of life. Two years after we joined, we had Maddie. We are closely involved with Children’s Ministries now. Our girls LOVE coming to church on Sundays, especially Sunday School. They are learning the important foundations for a life of faith. They are making good friends. Music ministry is also an important part of our family, from Children’s Choir to Handbells to Chancel Choir.
I tell you all of this to help explain why we are supporting the capital campaign. Clearly, our church is so much more than the building, but the building houses all these ministries and so many more that I didn’t mention. It allows community outreach, Christian education, and fellowship to take place right here in our neighborhood. When the church was first envisioned, I am sure the founders had faith that future generations would help support the structures that make so many of these things possible. The time has come for us to step up as a community of faith to make sure our building will continue to serve future generations. There are some big projects that simply must be taken care of.
I grew up in the same church I attended through college. I want that for my children. I want them to continue to have a safe space where they can run and explore and learn and love. Where they make friends, they will be within Children’s Ministry, Choir, VBS, Youth, and hopefully far beyond. The past 2 years have proven that these can be accomplished without a building, but it’s so much sweeter when they can be accomplished when we are together. Remember how excited we all were to finally be able to come back together for worship, then move inside, and finally return to the sanctuary. I think we did a good job of taking care of each other during the past 2 years. Now it is time to take care of the structures that house all the people and ministries we love.