2013 saw a number of changes to our outside grounds at Underwood Baptist: the addition of six raised vegetable and flower beds, new compost bins, and some long-overdue pruning that opened up our courtyard to the passing road. Thanks to the imaginative labors of Keith Baxter, we now have a Little Free Library on the corner of Hillcrest and Wauwatosa Aves, complete with a diorama lit by solar cells. Far from merely cosmetic, these outside changes signal a different kind of openness and a transparent willingness to give of ourselves, property included, to those outside our community.
This past summer, the church approved plans to close in the area above the balcony, in order to conserve heat in the main sanctuary. During our pledge drive, we raised a third of the funds needed to realize this effort.
While these projects are visibly part of our church grounds and facilities, they reflect changes and efforts within the heart of our community, wherein we desire to use what have to better serve God and others. What parallel changes has God begun to put into motion in your life? What seeds planted in this past year promise to come to full bloom in the coming one? Stay with us to see what we can do together in 2014.
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
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