The following reflection was originally given as a part of evening worship during Baptist Youth Camp by recent high school graduate, Addison Schmitt. As part of camp, various campers offer their “Interpretation” of how the day’s scripture and theme intersect with their lives and experience. This year’s camp theme was Sabbath. Addison refers to “Sabbath Groups”, which
This is our story. It is a story we are making up as we go along. It is less scripted than improvisational; less classical than jazz. And it is not finished, because God is not finished with us. Our building has served Ginter Park Baptist Church for most of its century-long history. We have
After several months of having our property listed for sale, we entered into a Contract of Purchase with another congregation in March. Currently we are in the due-diligence period that will continue into the later part of June, at which time the closing date will be set. While those contractual pieces are being finalized, as a
As ashes were smeared on my forehead, I felt humbled that indeed one day I will return to dust. But almost immediately I felt a bit foolish, kind of the same feeling of having spinach stuck in my teeth. The ash may be an outward symbol of sorrow and repentance, but there is that part of me that just wants to rub it off, to hide the smudge and pretend that my outward appearance is always exactly what I want to express and nothing more. Teach me, Oh God, to set my face for your purposes instead.
Awhile back we had a guest musician who came to our church building for the first time to rehearse. When we talked over the phone, arranging a time for him to rehearse, I gave careful instructions of how to locate the church office door. On the arranged day and time, he promptly showed up at
Since the June decision authorizing the selection of a broker and the enter into a listing agreement for the sale of all real property belonging to the Ginter Park Baptist Church, our Board of Managers has been hard at work. From a pool of interested real estate firms, they selected Joe Marchetti with CBRE. The
On June 5, 2016, the members of Ginter Park Baptist Church made the very difficult decision to list for sale our property on the corner of Brook Road and Laburnum Avenue. This stately and functional building has served us well for most of our church’s 100-year history. At this time, however, its aging structure and