Considering the limitations placed on mass gatherings, Pastor Lou decided to use the quarantine time to plan for a relaunch which will commence on Sunday, March 7th. From all appearances, Lou and his crew have been hard at work revitalizing the sacred space to accommodate safe distance seating and preparing the old church with a needed sprucing up. I’ll leave the makeover details as a mystery, so returning congregants can take in the new surroundings and improvements first hand. As Pastor Lou relayed to me, even though the struggles this new church is getting off the ground, and even with obstacles in their way, through the grace of God, and support of the community, they have a renewed sense of hope with the relaunch.
So here I am roaming about. How did a Cradle Catholic stumble upon Community Church? For me, it comes down to the yearning to find a place where I can bring my thoughts and prayers and experience an open and welcoming community.
When I attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, I was assigned a group project on Ecumenism, which is reaching out to other Christian traditions. To be ecumenical is to recognize the truth of the gospel in other faith traditions. I believe there is so much we can accomplish as a community in sharing in the service to the community, especially the outcast, the marginalized, and the poor. I have little interest in debating dogma.
I rather look to engage in community outreach and making new connections, rebuilding, renewing relationships, building up the community by knocking down walls and building bridges.
Church leaders in Babylon are struggling to stay connected to their parishioners, and congregants. Many churches have taken the leap into video streaming services or have conducted zoom classes to keep in touch. Pastor Lou’s team seems to be the gold standard for utilizing social media for community outreach from the get-go. Launching or re-launching a new church takes an enormous amount of planning and outreach to spread the word. I’ve been impressed by their social media savvy, whether it's the videos, the music, the app, or the many tools at their disposal, Lou’s team is a model for other houses of worship. Slick social media is one thing, but it needs to be backed up with talent and timely messages reaching hearts. Pastor Lou is an excellent preacher who can connect with young and old alike (I can testify for the elders). The worship music is contemporary and joyful.