At the beginning of April, I pulled into my usual parking lot behind the meeting place for Christ's Church of the Rockies and was greeted with a sign stating that the public parking lot was closing permanently as of April 11th, 2017. We had no warning that this was going to happen, though we knew there were projects coming to the downtown area. Even before signing our new lease, we were not made aware of the dissolve of parking near to our downtown church location.
We have no exclusive use of the public parking but this did not pose a problem for us on the weekends because many businesses are closed on Sunday. We have great neighbors surrounding our meeting place and we all are facing the same difficulty with little or no parking close to our businesses.
This challenge has accelerated our need for another building to house our church services as well as our outreach ministry to the homeless, known as the Front Porch Outreach. We have been actively searching for another location that would establish us with a permanent footprint in the community, however, we did not anticipate it would be this soon.
We are a church on a mission to serve our community, preaching the gospel and serving the practical needs of the poor, homeless, hungry and addicted. While we are saving money and keeping up with the daily costs of operations, we are in need of money to finance our future ministry in Loveland.
We need partners who will pray with us - and for us - and be willing to give so that we can continue sharing the gospel in practical ways. The gospel of Christ is the answer to all human needs ... spirit, soul and body.
His message is not just about going to heaven some day, but bringing the Kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven. Until the return of Christ his disciples are commissioned to preach the good news to all the world, and especially to those hurting, broken and hopeless.
Our church is just one expression of many churches serving together to bless our city. Jesus is the head of the Church in this community we have had the most wonderful experience with, and support from, many congregations who also love and serve Christ. Many of these churches have even helped sustain us at times when we were struggling to continue.
As Pastor of Christ's Church of the Rockies I am asking for your help. We need facilities where we can meet for church services and a small venue in the southern corridor for feeding the homeless.
Our church is flexible - we can meet for services just about anywhere. However, for the feeding of the homeless, we need to be near south of downtown Loveland. We feed the homeless Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 and have fed over 75,000 meals since opening on Thanksgiving 2008. Because of Christians, business owners and their care and compassion for the needy, this miracle partnership is making a difference in our city.
By the way, I want to tell you how kind and helpful the Brinkman developers have been to our Church. Knowing the situation with parking, the men managing and supervising this project came to us with understanding and encouragement. God bless them as they do the work of improving our city!
Serving Jesus in the Challenges,
Pastor Tom Albrecht