01-14-18 @North Heartland: "Jesus v. The Empire" / 88th Street Park Proposal

Good afternoon dear family and friends of North Heartland,

Just a few things on the docket as we head into what looks to be another chilly and perhaps wintry Sunday ...

We'll continue our series This Is Jesus: Dawn of a New Day by discovering Jesus' unexpected and surprising approach to the powers-that-be of His day (the Roman Empire) ... and what that means for our day. I'm really looking forward to this message (Jesus v. The Empire) because it just might change how we think of Jesus as well as the world in which we live. I hope you'll be present for it along with some great worship and time together as a congregation.

Speaking of being present, it's probably a good time to remind everyone that unless the governor or someone declares a state of emergency or issues a travel ban, we will be having services regardless of weather. (No need to watch the list of closings on TV or check our Facebook page!)

In fact, on occasion, I and several others have spent the night at the building when it looked like travel might be challenging on a Sunday morning. If you make the effort to be here, I'll be here, too, and ready to go. As the saying goes "the farmer still feeds the cows regardless of how many show up." (Not implying that you all are cows but you get the point).

Finally, something very exciting is in the works for the neighborhood surrounding our property. There is a proposal to create a seven-acre park which would run from the east end of our parking lot all the way to the corner of 88th and Green Hills road. According to the proposal ...

"This park could include playground features, shelter houses and grills, benches and a trail loop around the park as well as a possible zip line, Frisbee golf and skateboard amenities.  It would be a pet-friendly park as well.  Area residents would get to chime in on the design from the beginning."

Our leadership team and Advisory Council are in support of this project and have agreed to make our lower parking lot available during non-service times. Not only will this allow us as a congregation to serve our neighborhood, it will also tie in nicely with some future plans for our Student Ministry.

Furthermore, having a park next door means that we won't have other less-desirable businesses that will, among other things, compound the increasing traffic problems at 88th and Green Hills (see "Menards").

What needs to happen now is for citizens to express their support for this idea so that the City Council will release existing funds to create it. To do so, all you need to do is take 60 seconds and click here to go to the change.org online petition where you will find more information and a place to "sign." There is a bit of urgency to this as the organizers need about 300 "signatures" before Monday. I've already done it and I hope you will too!

Ok, that's all for now. See you Sunday!

Rick

P.S. If you missed last Sunday's opening message to the Dawn of a New Day series, click here to watch, listen to or read it!

Rick McGinniss