Connecting with our downtown neighbors the goal of my job. Finding out what people want from church, what do they want it to look like? Two of the main questions we’ve come to are 1. If you aren’t going to church- why? 2. If you would go to church, what would that look like? Neither of those questions come with judgement. A lot of people simply aren’t going to church anymore. I admit, I definitely am not removed from that category. This is a topic I’ll get into later, right now I want to talk about another part of my job – communication.
My studies have been in communication and I’ve started my career in this field. This week I had two special days of communicating. Both left me with a head full of thoughts and a heart full of emotions. Some of those include sadness, motivation, happiness and guilt. I spent the day at Wellspring Monday. Their mission is people of faith working together to support and enrich the lives of Fort Wayne’s central city residents.
I spent the morning accompanying the seniors in their activities. First, exercise. The music choice for the morning was Aretha Franklin and some of the women there took advantage of that as a time to get their groove on. Then we watched a cool (and scary) slideshow about haunted places in Fort Wayne. I had no idea how many there are said to be! Eek. All of this was topped off with a nice lunch over conversation. Once they put two and two together and realized I used to work at WANE, that became a big topic of discussion. I don’t like talking about myself, but they were now wearing the reporter shoes for sure! It was a fun way to start the day. The less positive feelings came after.
Most people know there are a lot of hungry people in Fort Wayne. I think I realized this week I probably wouldn’t be too great at social work. I’m sure you get used to the understanding that you can’t personally get too involved or give too much away because it just can’t work that way. But I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the excess clothes and food I have and wanted to give it to everyone I meant during the food bank and boutique hours. Seriously, my car is embarrassingly full of clothes. I will donate them ASAP.
It was sad to see people desperate for food. But also uplifting to see that there are places like Wellspring to help. Even more uplifting, the people there getting the food? They didn’t seem sad or desperate. They were thankful for Wellspring and just happy to get something to eat.
Over at the boutique, which is incredible by the way, people were busy shopping. I’m truly impressed with this shop. They’ve worked hard to make it look and feel like any other shopping experience. But, when a family of four can only have two coats, you remember that’s not the case. It makes sense and I understand. They can’t give everyone in the family a coat or there wouldn’t be any left to give at all. Still, it wasn’t easy to see. But again, the family didn’t complain. They were happy to have even one coat.
Trinity refers a lot of people to Wellspring. Whether they are looking for some food or clothes or something else, the church connects them with Wellspring. I saw first-hand the incredible work they do. I knew of the organization before but not like this. Being there in it all day proved Wellspring is truly a gem for our city.
Wednesday I spent some time at Redemption House, a transition home for women who want to redeem their lives from past destructive behavior
I wanted to see if there’s a way we can connect there and form a relationship. There most definitely is. I prayed with the women, listened to what they were thankful for, and heard their devotions. It was inspiring to see someone who has been through tough times, things I’ve never experienced, still be positive and kind of say “Hey, I don’t know exactly how I am going to do this, but I have faith, and I’m willing to give it a try.” I think we can all benefit from that mindset.
Communicating, meeting new people, and listening will be most of what I do in this first year at Trinity. Trying to get ideas of what people want from the church. How we can be most beneficial in their lives. I have a pretty strong feeling there is a lot to learn.
I’ve always loved to write. When I was younger and throwing a tantrum, I would hide under my bed and write mean things about my parents on my wooden bed boards. I’m embarrassed to admit that my father still has one of these (he is not and has reminded me of it more than once.) Luckily, my writing is less spiteful now; I’ve been through almost ten journals and enjoy looking back on them and soaking in the moments of my life depicted on the pages. But when I left my previous job, I didn’t write. For nearly three months. This has never happened. I had so many thoughts and emotions but for some reason couldn’t pick up a pen. I still don’t know why this was but I find it interesting. And somewhat sad. I’ve always been able to write, even when I was going through something tough. I’m happy to say that pause is over and I’m back to the norm, although I do wish I wrote more.
I explain all of this because I want to express in a small way how much writing means to me. I didn’t go to Ball State and double major in journalism and telecommunications to become a news anchor. I did that because I love to write. That evolved and the path took me to the anchor desk briefly and now I am off it doing something entirely different.
And I mean entirely. During my first week at Trinity, in our weekly staff meeting, we began with a prayer. This is not something that happens in a morning meeting in a newsroom. I don’t think it could be any more opposite, actually. It felt great. I went to the bathroom following the meeting and felt so happy I teared up. With guilt I admit, I’ve found myself in a bathroom at work teary eyed before, but that was not out of happiness.
I am new to Trinity and my position is new to the church. They want help connecting to our downtown neighbors and remaining relevant. We have a lot to figure out in going about that but I think that’s exciting. Making a career change was a big decision and at times I didn’t know what I was even doing, so I’m somewhat familiar with (very much ‘somewhat’) challenging the unknown. One thing I do know, however, is that my first three weeks at Trinity have been wonderful and I can’t wait for what’s next.
Welcome to my blog. I am so happy I get to do this. Please know that I will be open, honest, and personal. I never wish to offend you or your opinions but rather use this forum as a way of expression. Blogs give people that freedom and I hope with each post, even when we disagree, we have mutual respect for each other as well as appreciation and gratefulness for this type of medium.