Imagine: According to Wikipedia it is defined as: To form a mental image of something; to envision or create something in one’s mind; To believe in something created by one’s own mind; To assume; To conjecture or guess; To use one’s imagination; To guess or conjecture.
Our church is in the midst of a long-range planning process. We are looking towards the future to see how God is calling us to be the church in our community. We have named the process Imagine 2020 – we are imagining what our community and our church will look like in the years to come.
Our church was founded 168 years ago. I wonder if all those years ago they could even conceive of who we are today? That small group that formed Friendship Presbyterian Church – did they imagine a congregation of over 600 in a city this size?
Did they imagine the building being occupied by Union Troops?
And for those who were here when the Union Troops used the building as a blacksmith shop, did they dream of the building that would happen — bell towers and Sunday school wings and the “motel wing”?
Could anyone imagine the devastation of the fire that destroyed everything but the sanctuary, or what it took to rebuild?
Did those members ever conceive of the day a second, and then third service would be started?
What will our community look like in the coming years? Who will move into our neighborhood, who will we be called to serve? How will God stir our hearts as we envision our future together?
We will answer these questions together. Sunday at 4:30 is our first Congregational Conversation to look at the events of our past and talk about where we came from – what can we celebrate in our church history, what have we done well? Where has our life together brought us so far? Each person in the congregation is invited to come and place your name on our timeline – to see where you fit into the story of our church as we imagine our future together.