James K. A. Smith, a philosopher at Calvin University, published an article recently saying we could not think our way out of this mess. He’s throwing in his lot with the poets and painters, the novelists, and songwriters because “Empathy is ultimately a feat of the imagination, and arguments are no therapy for a failed, shriveled imagination. It will be the arts that resuscitate the imagination.” I pray Scott’s images resuscitate our imaginations in this season of Lent.Read More
It has been a while since I received or sent a physical invitation. But if I were to rummage around for a stamp, I would send you a card with this image on it. I would invite you to sit and look at this image, if only for a few minutes. This Lent we are using images from Scott Erickson to help us reflect on the Lord’s Prayer.Read More
This last year has definitely highlighted what King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 16:9, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” In February of 2020, we would never have imagined we would spend so many Sundays not meeting in person but instead gathering to worship over the Internet.Read More
In a storage room at Axelrad Beer Garden sits a plastic container. In the container sits a box of Matza crackers, disinfectant wipes, a first aid kit, extra masks, and a cracked wooden plate with a matching chalice. Essentials for an in-person worship service.Read More
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This Sunday we begin a new series for the season of Lent called Journey With Jesus. It’s part two of a two-part series we began early this year in the Gospel of Luke. While the first series revolved around Luke’s invitation to consider who Jesus is, this series is concerned with what it means to follow Jesus.Read More
Due to the generosity of so many of you, City Church collected $1,660,382 in 2020. As you might remember, the ministry budget was set at $1,650,000 with a top-level goal of collecting $1,800,000 in order to continue to save toward a move into a future facility. Given the pivot to virtual worship in early 2020, our expenses were lower than anticipated and, while we are still closing out the year, it looks as if we will still be able to set aside some funds for a more permanent home.
While 2020 was certainly challenging in so many respects, the staff and I were so encouraged by your consistent generosity. We believe that this past year showed us that the mission of City Church, bringing the beauty of Christ into broken places, has never been more important. Thank you from all of us on staff for your continued support. I look forward to seeing where God leads City Church in 2021.Read More