HNCP: Filling A Need In The Community

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“So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.” The Message, Romans 12: 5-9

It is a consistent struggle to measure and communicate the value of HNCP, because HNCP is not your typical church ministry. We do not provide direct services, there is rarely an opportunity to volunteer, and progress is difficult to quantify. Yet still, HNCP is serving a distinct purpose in the Heartside Neighborhood among the many non-profits.

At least once a week I hear the same phrase, “I didn’t know you guys were here,” which is followed by, “this is a great space.” In the coming weeks there will be at least three different trainings for non-profits in the Heartside community.  One of these trainings will bring in over sixty people. Bethlehem Church is filling a need. We are here. We are hospitable and this is possible because of you.

So, we do what we are called to do without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other (or other churches), or trying to be something we aren’t. So let us be who we were created to be: striving to be grace-filled people who focus on worship, music and social justice with a goal of growing together in faith and action.