Rebuild, Restore, Renew

on February 16, 2017 The Point with 0 comments

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

–Nehemiah 2:17-18

 

Some of you may be familiar with the origin story of The Point Church, where I serve as pastor. If not, here’s the short version. Several years ago, the UMC had come to own the Cross-Point Shopping Center in Trotwood, Ohio.  After many different partners in the shopping center that turned over there was no longer a church presence.  In 2012, we decided to begin The Point Church as a satellite campus of Ginghamsburg UMC in Tipp City.

In the years leading up to this decision, Trotwood had suffered a series of circumstances not dissimilar to many other towns across the country. Its once-bustling shopping mall was closed down. Other large stores began to leave the area. Crime increased, and the tightknit community—many of whom were going through hard economic times themselves—longed for revitalization.

Three and four years before The Point began in the shopping center, two women had been shot and killed in a bar located at the end of the shopping strip. The bar was closed, and has remained empty ever since.

But the Cross Point Shopping Center has come a long way since The Point Church began. The shopping center has filled with tenants—both businesses and non-profits— that are a blessing to the Trotwood community. The Point’s partnerships with the Trotwood YMCA, the city government, Point Food Pantry, Clubhouse programs for children, local businesses, and community organizations have positioned The Point to serve with Trotwood in unique ways.

Today, five years after the initial conception to start The Point, God is calling us to something new. We plan to demolish the old bar space, gut the entire shopping facility, pray through it, and reclaim it for God’s preferred future. We think the space will bless the community in a new way.

If you live in the area, and you desire to be a part of the change in our community, come see what God is doing at The Point Shopping Center. Our plan is to complete the interior demolition and remove all debris on Saturday, March 25, to make room for a new vision.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to the revitalization of this Trotwood neighborhood, contact me at rpicardo@ginghamsburg.org or by phone at 937.667.1069. Resources of time, labor and finances are appreciated.
What new thing is God doing in your community?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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