March 29, 2018 @ 04:00 pm by Christina Fleming
Do you love the Message for All Ages? Do you love worship at Middle Church? Perhaps it’s our worship music, its different genres, the band, and both choirs. Our focus of social justice and race in Rob’s prayers. Jacqui’s badass preaching.
Now, imagine you did not have this multi-sensory, spirit-rocking, breathe-freely, earth-shattering worship in your life every week . . . how would that be for you?
We risk losing some of this amazing worship experience if we don’t meet our offering goal this year. Middle Church spends $335,000 on worship, and a great amount of staff time writing sermons, planning, choreographing, and arranging these phenomenal experiences just for you. We need to raise $210,000 by June 30 to keep all of this amazing exprience.
How can we do it? On any given Sunday we have a total of 500 worshippers at both worship celebrations and online. Right now, we have 61 recurring givers. We want all 500 to be recurring givers! If you sign up online as a recurring giver, you can support the worship you love every week without having to worry about forgetting your checkbook. Those mornings when you decide to sleep in? Your recurring donation will still power worship for the Middle family you love and who need this experience.
I am asking—no, pleading—each of you to give $40 per week for the next 15 weeks. Some of you cannot give that amount and some of you can give more. Some of you may have to give up your $15 glass of wine with dinner two or three times a week—this worship is worth it! Middle is worth it, and Middle is Middle because of you. YOU are worth it. $40 per week.
March 14, 2018 @ 04:00 pm by Christina Fleming
"Middle Collegiate Church is my church. It's really like an extended family... I have been loved and supported and found my place here." -Jonah Carter Smith
Consider making a donation today to support youth programs like those Jonah describes below.
My name is Jonah Carter Smith and I am 17 years old and a junior in high school. Middle Collegiate Church is my church.
I was 7 weeks old—my mom and I had just been placed together—when I had my first Sunday here. It was Easter. When I was little, I used to ask my Mom to tell me the story of my first Sunday here over, and over, and over—how she was nervous that I would cry but I slept through the entire thing, even though we were seated right next to the drums. I love that story! I have been coming here ever since that Sunday.
Middle Church is really like an extended family. I’ve grown up here. There are so many great things about this place. First, the people—Jacqui, John, Tina, Marte—all of these people have affected me greatly and played a big role in my life.
I have been in the children’s chorus for as long as I can remember. John and Tina have taught me about music and made me feel like I could do anything if I worked at it. For example, I never thought I would sing a solo but I actually had the chance to sing with the gospel choir when I was just eleven (my voice was higher then).
Some of my earliest and favorite memories were my chats with Jacqui. Before the church was remodeled, I used to run from Sunday School to Jacqui’s office before church started. I always seemed to have a lot on my mind as a little guy and I was curious about the things that were happening in the world. Even though she was busy, she would take the time to answer my questions.
I attend Youth in the Middle here as well. Marte is great and teaches us about the Bible. She also organizes great activities like taking the teens bowling and to see the Black Panther film.
I have been able to help with communion and read scripture, and they even played some of the music I created during the passing of the peace a few times, which made me feel incredibly proud. A couple of years ago, my mom and I went down to Georgia and Alabama with people from church. We went to Martin Luther King’s boyhood home, the King Center, the Rosa Parks Museum, walked across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma and even got to see John Lewis from a distance. It was amazing and inspiring. Last year, I attended parts of the Revolutionary Love Conference. I have been and continue to be a part of so much while growing up here.
This church has taught me many life lessons. It has grown my faith and knowledge of the Bible. Middle has helped me develop leadership skills and hopefully helped me become a positive role model—all because I know I am loved and valued here. This community has helped me build my confidence—something I’ve struggled with outside of these walls. This place gives me hope in these dark times. I’ve learned about social justice and standing up for freedom and the rights of all people.
I have been loved and supported and found my place here. What this church does for children and young adults is so important but doesn’t happen without your help. We need your support to keep all of these programs going strong. I can’t imagine not having this church in my life and I want other kids to have that chance too. And just like I found my community and my support here, I know each of you can too. There’s a place for everyone.
Please volunteer and give financially what you can, when you can, so we can spread love and justice to more and more people.
March 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm by Christina Fleming
Not long after relocating to New York City in the wake of the horrific Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Kaede Helck found herself 'broken', and in search of a home away from home. She came to Middle Church in August of that year after visiting a number of churches in the city. Listen to her story of what Middle Church means to Kaede, and the ways she gives back.
"Middle has become my home away from home," Kaede says. "I am very grateful to know that my family here at Middle is on standby, ready to support when there is a need. Middle is always there. "
Like many, Kaede's story is one of connections, #RevolutionaryLove, and of giving back. Your financial gifts will ensure that Middle Church is always there, ready to help when there is need. Donate today.
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