Foundry: Up and Running
2013 is already shaping up to be a fruitful and busy year as FOUNDRY continues to grow in East Chula Vista. We are pleased that our first activity of the new year was a service project – because like Foothills we are a “community that serves community.” On January 5, 25 of us gathered in Campo to repair a Habitat for Humanity house that will soon be home for a needy family. It was a chilly way to start the morning, but the hard work and knowledge that we were showing God’s love soon warmed our bodies and our hearts!
Another exciting “first” for FOUNDRY was January 20th’s concert to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Led by Nate Jarrell who has been in music leadership at FOUNDRY. Celebrating Unity: A Night of Music and Spoken Word brought together jazz musicians and students from the community to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. More than 100 people packed the sanctuary to hear music and poetry that traced our nation’s ongoing struggles with civil rights and racial justice. It was an inspiring reminder of how far we have come in the fight for equality – and how very far we still have to go.
Though FOUNDRY’s Christmas tree only came down a few weeks ago, we are moving towards Lent with offerings of classes and opportunities to share with one another. Foundry staff member Melissa Spence is leading a communication class called “Mastering the Mysteries of Love,” a four-part seminar designed to help couples and singles navigate the tricky waters of relationships. Also Pastor Christian will offer a 6-week study of Robert Schnase’s Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations beginning Thursday, February 22 at 6:30PM.
In preparation for this solemn season that walks us towards Christ’s death and resurrection, FOUNDRY members have been invited to submit devotional writings to the Foothills Lenten Daily Devotional Journal – another partnership that reminds us of our roots and the amazing support afforded to us by Foothills. And, another first -- FOUNDRY will host an Ash Wednesday service on February 13, which will include the traditional Imposition of Ashes. Easter morning will find us – for the third year in a row -- at Mountain Hawk Park as we watch the sun rise over Otay Lake and celebrate the resurrection of a savior!
We are excited about all the new members we have met since opening our doors in November. Seeing unfamiliar people entering worship on Sunday mornings has been a great source of joy. That said – seeing the smiling faces of Foothills friends as they enter worship has also been a gift. Building our congregation in Chula Vista is going to take time and ongoing effort. When you attend FOUNDRY or bring friends to the church, you remind us of our ongoing partnership in building this new faith-life community. Please keep visiting and telling others about this ministry. You bless the team at FOUNDRY when you attend – and we know you will leave church blessed by the spirit and ministry that is emerging there!
God bless you!