Congregation Collaboration

Shannon Gammon Articles, Mike Graves

In 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously quipped, “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o’clock on Sunday morning.” According to religion scholars, more than sixty years later, the assertion remains true. Some evidence even suggests that where congregations have attempted to create more racially diversity, attendance has actually dropped. If all this is true, what a sad state of affairs.

One of the most common themes in the Gospels as well as the letters of Paul is God’s desire for there to be unity in the midst of diversity. In his epistle to the churches in Galatia, the apostle said the dividing wall has come down, referring to the divide between Jews and Gentiles back then.

For the past few years, our congregation has engaged in various conversations and partnerships with the Swope Parkway United Christian Church, a congregation with significant minority representation. And what a treat it has to been for both groups to get to know each other. As many of you know, their members are currently worshiping in our chapel on Sundays at 11:30 since their building is under repairs. Again, this has been a wonderful treat, especially on September 18, when we hosted a Block Party with people from both churches.

This is why we’re so excited to announce two joint-worship services on Sunday, November 13, and again on November 20. Rev. Carla Aday and Rev. Rodney Williams will take turns preaching at the 11:00 a.m. service in our sanctuary, as well as combined choirs singing each week. Associate Pastor Mary Lou Kegler offers us these words: We are pleased and excited to worship with Country Club Christian Church in November. You have shown us brotherly/sisterly love by welcoming us with open arms, and for this we are truly grateful. May God Bless and keep both congregations in God’s care.

Seems like an “amen” is in order! Hope to see all of you there.