God worked through the people of the Crescent Hill Baptist Church in 2015 bringing forth love and mercy to those of us who call CHBC home and to our community. What follows are some 2015 CHBC ministry highlights:
January – We Heard from Paula Dempsey, Director of Partnership Development for The Alliance of Baptists – Rev. Dempsey’s visit helped us strengthen our ties to the Alliance of Baptists, one of several national and international Baptist bodies we partner with to share the good news of the gospel at home and abroad.
February – We Imposed Ashes at Comfy Cow on Frankfort Avenue - In an effort to communicate that God sees our hurt and that God offers a hope that transcends our feelings of hopelessness to those who may not be interested in or are unable to darken the doors of a church, we imposed ashes at the Comfy Cow on Frankfort Avenue on Ash Wednesday.
March - We Began Our "Youngish Adults" Sunday Lunches - One Sunday each month following worship, those primarily in their 30s and 40s and their children, have gathered for lunch, conversation, and prayer offering everyone participating encouragement and support.
April - We Threw Our Annual "Eggstravaganza" Easter Party for Our Community - As we do annually, prior to the Frankfort Avenue Easter Parade, we held our Eggstravaganza celebration. We handed out coffee and popcorn, offered face-painting and egg-dying, and organized games and crafts.
May - We Gathered for A Church-Wide Picnic at Iroquois Park - Dozens gathered at Iroquois Park to enjoy good food, good fun, and good company.
June - We Sent 40 Youth And Seven Adult Chaperons to Passport Camp in North Carolina - Our youth spent a week engaging in bible study, worshiping, serving others, and having fun.
July - We Prepared Two-Dozen Elementary Students for The Upcoming School Year through Our Academic Academy - Our six-week Summer Elementary Academic Academy enables students for whom English is not their native language to be better prepared for the next school year.
August - We Helped Grieving People - CHBC member Peggy Schmidt offered a support group at the church to help people understand their grief.
September - We Empowered Residents of West Louisville - Through our participation in the EmpowerWest Summit at St. Stephen Baptist Church we began economically and educationally empowering the residents of West Louisville.
October - We Provided Opportunities for Spiritual Growth through the Women's Retreat and Youth Retreat - Both our annual Women's Retreat and Youth Retreat took place on different weekends in October. At both retreats participants experienced spiritual renewal and growth.
November – We Promoted Peace Following the Paris Terrorist Attacks – Before the attacks occurred, we agreed to help organize an Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Meal. That gathering took place a little more than a week after the attacks. Members of the Islamic, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, and other faith traditions participated. In the wake of those attacks, the event clearly communicated to our community that all of our faith traditions promote peace.
December - We Helped Ensure That 23 Children Would Have A Brighter Christmas - CHBC members or groups sponsored 23 children participating in United Crescent Hill Ministries Christmas Connection. Christmas Connection provides toys, clothes, and food to children in need in the Crescent Hill/Clifton neighborhood at Christmas.
Help us finish 2015 and begin 2016 on a high note by making a final contribution to Crescent Hill Baptist Church in 2015. You can do so online by clicking here: http://chbcky.org/donate/
If you wish to mail a year end contribution, bear in mind that it must be postmarked (not meter-dated) no later than December 31, 2015.
Or, you can drop off an offering at the church tomorrow. The office will be open from 9AM until 12PM.
God blessed us with a full, meaningful, and good past year. Your support helped make these expressions of ministry possible. Thank you!