Build The Future

Written by Darryl Drozdik on Aug 21, 2018

God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! God does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, God’s Spirit deeply and gently within us.     – Ephesians 3:20 The Message

Greetings Friends, Members, Leaders, Volunteers, and Supporters,

When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all he has done for us, my soul cries out, “Hallelujah!” I thank God who has indeed begun a great work within us and continues to work through us.

I am grateful to the many friends, members, leaders, volunteers, and supporters of our congregation who have faithfully offered their time, talent, and treasure to the work of All God’s Children MCC.   I am thankful for the amazing ministry which together we are doing, to the lives saved, to the hope resurrected, and to the healing that All God’s Children MCC brings week after week, and day by day.

At this very moment, we are witnessing the fruit of our commitment to be All God’s Children for all God’s children:

  • Vibrant, dynamic worship celebrations that transform and inspire.
  • Expanded and growing helping ministries, such as Thursday’s Table & the AGC Benevolence Fund, serving more than 500 guests every month.
  • Expanded partnerships with community and recovery groups, providing a safe, welcoming space for more than 600 guests every week.
  • Deepened relationships with service providers and policymakers to better ensure that everyone in need has access to a stable social safety net
  • Increased use of our facilities and services by members of our community renting our space for celebrating life events and milestones.

Our faithful embrace of this ministry now calls us forth to live out the meaning of our mission “to be a beacon of hope reflecting God’s unconditional love for all people,” and our vision “to be one of the Upper Midwest’s leading progressive communities of faith.” The challenge before us today is that our building is inaccessible for our guests and members with physical disabilities or mobility challenges. The inability of our guests and members with disabilities to move throughout the building impedes their ability to experience worship and fellowship and to enjoy full and open access to every area and activity in our church. We have gone as far we can in ameliorating the impact of this inaccessibility by holding meetings on the main floor, planning ahead to make sure that those with mobility challenges are not excluded, and providing hospitality/food service during social hour and Community Meal on the main floor.

Making our church fully accessible must now be our priority.

Last year, the Board of Directors tasked the Facility Team to impanel and convene an Accessibility Review Team to conduct (1) an Accessibility Feasibility Study to analyze our current accessibility deficiencies and recommend options for improving and implementing accessibility in and through the building and (2) a Market Analysis of church properties to get a broker’s opinion of the current value of our church as well as provide information on comparable church properties recently sold and listed. They presented their respective findings at our 2017 Congregational Meeting. This year, I have convened three listening sessions to field questions and get feedback from you about going forward with either of these options.

It is now decision time! We have to decide if we are going to stay in our current building and follow the recommendation to install and construct a full access four-stop elevator with an extended north main entry OR if we are going to sell our building and buy a property that is accessible or more easily modified for full accessibility.

In the next few months, we will be sharing more information with you, providing an FAQs documents made up of questions from our listening sessions; creating a dedicated page on the church website to provide updates about the two options; conducting a survey to get more of your thoughts and feedback on all options; and convening a congregational forum to talk about what we will need to make an informed decision as we move into this next phase of our ministry. We will put the question to a vote at our 2018 Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 11.

I invite all members, leaders, friends, and supporters to a time of intentional prayer and discernment about our future. I will soon be convening special prayer times for us to gather and raise our voice together in prayer about the decision before us.

God has been so good to us, and God’s steadfast love endures forever. We need not worry about what the future holds because God is faithful and just. If we are faithful in return, I know God will do more than we can ever imagine. We have the unique privilege and wonderful opportunity to leave a lasting legacy that will ensure All God’s Children’s work and ministry remain long after we are gone. I am excited about what’s getting ready to happen.

May God continue to bless and keep you always. May God’s face shine upon you and bring you peace.

Pastor DeWayne