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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

There are times when I walk by a mirror and wonder to myself who is that grey haired lady looking at me? Seriously. I can find myself taken aback by the fact I am aging. I know time is passing - I turn the pages on my desk calendar, our youngest grandchild is talking up a storm at 2, and our oldest son is in his 40s. All evidence that time marches on, yet I am still surprised by the person looking back.

Today, I am feeling melancholy about time. The trial of Derek Chauvin ended yesterday with guilty verdicts on all charges. I am wondering: Will this moment teach us what we have been so slow to learn, that all people are created with the image of God? All human life is of value and worth. Black lives absolutely matter. I am thinking about the incredible closing words of Martin Luther King Jr. in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 58 years ago this month: Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

And I pray. Soon, Lord God. Let’s not let another moment pass.

See you Sunday, online or in-person,

We're looking for the next great teammate at The Downtown Church. The Coordinator of The Downtown Kids needs to be someone who has a heart for kids and youth, values the importance of faith in Jesus Christ, and works well with others, we have a great part-time opportunity. If you are this person, or know someone who might be, shoot Pastor Lori an email or call the church office for more information.
April is our month to provide a weekend of food for the homeless and at-risk youth served by our downtown neighbors, Rare Breed. Please pick up some items from the list in the hall at church, or pickup any individually packaged food, and drop them off at the church during our office hours or call and set up a time more convenient for you.
As a downtown church, there are always fun and exciting things happening around us! And many times, we are called upon to help with some of the iconic events. The Downtown Springfield Association has asked if we could help setup for Artsfest on Friday, April 30. We're looking for volunteers to help in two shifts: from 3-5pm and 6-8pm. Let's step up, church, and provide support as we slowly get back to normal. Just email us back if you can help!
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