Yesterday I spent a few hours thinking about the past year. As we welcome 2020, my thoughts drifted to all that has happened during our “teen years” at Kingswood Church. I think “time flies when you are having fun” is only partially true — when you are old, time just flies!
For Kingswood Church, the 2010s were marked by lots of changes — and by your faithfulness. Consider just a few of the many changes we’ve experienced:
|New Community Life Center and $2.5 million in debt||Vibrant sports and activity programs and a debt-free facility — praise God!|
|Long-time director Carolyn Ellis leads The Kingswood Preschool||Michelle Wicklund provides leadership for the next decade, with fresh-looking facilities|
|A personal church in an impersonal world|
We’ve had our share of leadership transitions, too. We kicked off the decade with Chuck Savage as the senior pastor, followed by Brian Dale at the helm and now me. We have had four associate pastors during this time and a number of different directors of sports & fitness and children’s ministries. But we have also had extremely steady influences: Allen Baston, Dennis Lewallen, Susan Wynn, Cole Lewallen, and Dondra Davis have all been with Kingswood through the entire decade. We are grateful for all of their service through these years!
In 2018 we celebrated our “Year of Jubilee” — 50 years of ministry and mission here in the Dunwoody area! While it was great to reflect on the accomplishments of our first half-century, we also spent time taking a candid look at what we needed to do to prepare for the next 50 years of ministry.
Looking back at 2019 and through the lens of our new vision and cornerstones, one of the great highlights of the year was the adoption of Lauren Poole. The Miracle on 5th Street has been a tangible way of seeing what Kingswood Church is capable of doing when we allow God to shine through us.
In 2020, we will see the completion of Lauren’s house with a housewarming and blessing event. Additionally the missions committee is only a few days away from the introduction Backpack Buddies. Backpack Buddies is taking the place of the Lord’s Storehouse. We will feed twenty-five underprivileged children from Kingsley Elementary School, who will take home backpacks packed with nutritious food each week. Please be on the lookout for more information on both of these events.
This is the Mission Committee’s first use of our Vision Statement and Cornerstones to transform one of our mission endeavors into something that allows us to have an ongoing connection with our community and with Kingsley School. We want to thank Girl Scouts Emily Grant, Ayuka Viator, and Maggie Duncan for all their work in getting the storage and packing room ready for this new mission project.
As we enter our “twenties,” I am grateful for your faithfulness throughout the years. I’m also heartened by these stories that translate our vision to action. With stories like this, I know it’s going to be a great decade.
Grace and peace,
Rev. Charles Broome