Update on Our Friends from FBC on New. St.
Many of you have asked about what we have planned this year to continue our relationship with First Baptist Church on New St.
After an eventful fall, highlighted by our joint series on race, racism and reconciliation, we’ve taken it a little slower thus far this year, focusing on our Easter egg hunt and being present at each other’s ministries and functions.
Several women from FBC came to our International Women’s Day celebration in March, and I represented our church a few weeks ago at Pastor Goolsby’s anniversary celebration. I also know of a handful of members who have connected for lunch or coffee with folks from New St. I hope this kind of relationship building will continue.
We’re still pulling together plans to serve together in different ways around the community this fall, but there are two happenings of note I’m happy to pass along.
First, this evening, James and I will appear before the Macon-Bibb County Commissioners to speak in favor of our plan to renovate High St. Park (also called Lanier Park), the green space across from our main parking lot. You may remember that we received a grant for around $40,000 from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to make significant improvements to the park, including an amphitheater, better landscaping, more benches, and a larger footprint. Part of the plan calls for the closing of the cross street leading to St. Joseph’s Elementary School, which will become a part of the park.
This renovation will not only improve the park for use within the neighborhood, but will offer unique opportunities for us to worship and play (you may have noticed that our campus doesn’t feature much grass!).
Second, over the week of June 5-9, a combined group of folks from our churches will be headed to Duke University to participate in their Summer Institute for Reconciliation. This intensive week-long seminar is designed to immerse us in the theology, challenges and practices of reconciliation. We were fortunate enough to receive a generous scholarship from Duke which allowed us to participate.
James and I will be traveling as part of the group, and are hopeful that this experience will empower and inspire all of us to explore new ways of growing and serving together.
We will continue to keep you updated on more goings-on between our two churches. For now know that work continues to be done and relationships continue to be forged. Praise be to God.