by Chuck Hetzler

For the past three years the mission of our church has been: to seek God to revitalize our church by reaching the younger generations while honoring our legacy. This means that we bring together old and new. We thank God for our past, but we don’t want to live in it.

One of the ways that we decided to put our mission into action was by hosting a Community Leadership and Service Sunday. You probably know by now that our church was the first church in Quincy. In fact, even before Quincy was officially incorporated in 1833, our church ancestors were on the scene.

This first community of believers weren’t a reclusive group. They cared about the well-being of our community. Throughout the years our church gave leadership to the abolitionist cause, established local social services, enriched our community through the arts, and gave support to the civil rights movement, just to name a few.

Our Community Leadership and Service Sunday sends a signal that we still carry that commitment to bless our city. This special Sunday gives us the opportunity to host other local servant leaders and thank them for their work. It also enables us to add our voice to the community conversation.

At this year’s fourth annual CLS Sunday we want to shine a light on the racial tensions that we see all around our nation. Thankfully we have not experienced these problems in Quincy, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be proactive in speaking to a current issue. Isn’t it said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”?

To remind us of God’s perspective on love, forgiveness, and the unity of humanity, we will have a special guest speaker who is very well-known in our community. It will be our privilege to hear from now pastor, and former Quincy High School basketball star, Bruce Douglas.

I hope that you will make every effort to attend this important event and to give a warm welcome to our area leaders and Bruce Douglas. May God help us to revitalize our church as we reach the next generation and honor our legacy.