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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.

Today, I began serving on the board for downtown Springfield’s Community Improvement District (CID). This group’s mission statement is: THE DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD CID IS AN INVESTMENT THAT VISIBLY IMPROVES DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD BY: Capitalizing on downtown’s new momentum created by an influx of new businesses and investors; Strengthening downtown’s competitiveness by creating a cleaner, safer and more inviting destination; Establishing private-sector control and accountability to carry out enhanced services.

The meeting this morning dealt with issues regarding parking, public safety, the opening and closing of businesses, homelessness, Park Central Square, flow of traffic, trash, beautification, finances, and taxes. It will be interesting to see how I can contribute to this board and the decisions we will make. However, my big takeaway was the awareness that I need to know more about our downtown neighborhood and those who are our neighbors. I’ve been serving as the pastor of The Downtown Church for seven years and have become pretty sheltered within the walls of 413 E. Walnut. There is a whole lot more going on around me that I have managed to ignore.

Our vision statement says clearly that we are to be a place where Christ and the community intersect. Another takeaway today—The Downtown Church is not just a place where this happens, it is also a people who are given the honor to take Christ into the community and intersect there. So, I am going to turn right out of our parking lot more often and drive home through downtown. I’ll take more walks around our church’s neighborhood and meet our neighbors. It’s time for me to intentionally seek out new opportunities to bring Christ with me into this specific neighborhood where The Downtown Church lives. I invite you to do the same.

See you Sunday, online or in person,

Sunday, Funday! It's here! Our youth (grades 6-12) are starting regular meetings this Sunday night, from 5:30-7pm. There'll be food, fun, worship, and some time to get to know each other. We're so excited to get our youth program up and running, so we hope to see you there!
Jim Millsap will be leading a Sunday morning group through the book of James, starting this Sunday, September 12. This is open to anyone and will start at 9:15, both in-person and online. We will also have the nursery and toddler rooms open for this group, so if you need to bring your kids, no problem! We've got it covered. You can sign up on our website right here.
The Downtown Church is going to have our very own Pizza Night at Millsap Farm! We are excited to have the space to spread out and just have some fun as a church family. There'll be pizza for all, live music, and space to play. You can sign up on our website. All you need to bring are chairs and something to drink! We are very excited to get together for a fun, fall evening!
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