Building Greater Hospitality
At The Moody Church, we like to think of ourselves as being one big family. But it’s easy to forget that at some point every single one of us was new. We were strangers visiting a strange place, and this church welcomed us in. It’s become our home because we were made to feel welcome and wanted.
Scripture frequently tells us to show love to the stranger. Hebrews 13:1-2 says:
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to the stranger, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
We’re called to be a hospitable people, and we want our church to reflect that value of being welcoming to others. In fact, in Matthew 25, Jesus reminds us that we are to welcome everyone as though they were Jesus in the flesh. That implies that we should be proactive in engaging the stranger; we should be anticipating their arrival and their needs before they get to our doorstep. Wouldn’t we do the same if we knew Jesus was on the way?
This year, our Thanksgiving Offering will go toward replacing the old wooden doors along LaSalle with modern glass doors, along with other exterior renovations to the west side of the building. Too often we’ve heard our building described as a fortress. Our hope is that new glass doors will help us put on a more transparent face to the community, letting the activities of the saints shine forth more effectively and making our building less intimidating.
As in previous years, we’re praying for an additional $500,000 beyond our regular giving. That may seem like a lot for doors, but our 94-year-old building will need new metal frames and custom fabrication to retrofit the entrances. The results will be stunning, and will also help us cut down on regular weekly maintenance and security concerns with the old doors.
10% of all gift given goes directly to support our global missions. This year we designated Caris, one of our ministry partners, to receive up to $50,000 to support their ministry to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies. Caris wants to open a new satellite facility on the south side of Chicago to better support the local needs of that area. They need help funding new staff counseling positions that will function as front-line missionaries to mothers in crisis situations. Your gift to the Thanksgiving Offering helps us renovate our church’s doors AND open new doors for Caris.
Would you please pray and ask God what He would have you give to help us reach this goal?
Whether you give online or you use an offering envelope at one of our services, simply designate “Thanksgiving Offering” on your gift.