The year 2020 has been one that none of us could have anticipated. When COVID-19 hit, every person, family, business, and organization had to make major adjustments. Chase Oaks Church was no exception. As difficult as some of the challenges were, we are thankful for the things we have learned. We learned that worship can happen anywhere; that community can thrive through technology; and that the desire to be Here For Good among Chase Oaks people is alive and well, even as our physical doors remained closed. This season has opened new opportunities for us as individuals and as a church, and it has clarified our vision for the future.
It is both inspiring and humbling to be a part of what God is doing. The opportunities have never been greater to meet pressing needs in our community, reach the people we have not yet been able to reach, and proclaim the grace-filled story of God’s love to a cynical culture. God is up to something big, and we get to be a part of it.
Here For Good is an $8 million project that will create incredible opportunities to reach and serve the neighborhoods and cities in which we live. Through this project, we will launch multiple initiatives to engage our community in unique and innovative ways.
We will bring hope to our community by creating the Local Good Center, which will house an expanded Chase Oaks Family Center as well as new initiatives to address issues of advocacy, preventative healthcare and nutrition, and job creation. We will open the Local Good Café, which will serve as a community hub for common good on common ground. We will expand our reach and effectiveness by engaging in digital missions. And we will launch new campuses through our partnership with the YMCA.
As God enables our efforts, it’s hard to imagine all He will do and how many lives He will change through these initiatives. But we expect this to be a transformative season in the life of our church.
Here For Good is more than just a capital project. “Here For Good” has already served as a rallying cry for Chase Oaks Church and a reminder of the type of individuals we want to be. This year, we have encouraged each other to consider what it means to be here for good in our personal lives, our neighborhoods, our workplace, and wherever else God has placed us. During the COVID-19 season, Chase Oakers rolled up their sleeves to serve neighbors, healthcare workers, at-risk kids, teachers, hospitals, schools, food banks, and countless others. It’s been absolutely inspiring.
The needs around us will continue to change, and new opportunities to make an impact are popping up regularly. With all that is happening at Chase Oaks and around us, we are in for an exciting time! Together, we can make a huge difference as we join our big, loving God in His purposes for our church, the community, and each of us.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16).