Growing up in the Bay Area, when I think about great cities, I automatically think of San Francisco. I first think of the landscape, the rolling hills cascading into the Bay. The fog rolling in and out. Then I think about the bridges, and the historical landmarks. Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, the Marin Headlands, Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, the Barbary Coast Trail. Sometimes it’s easy to look at these monuments of cities and forget the
I don't think I've ever been a part of a more productive, more God honoring 50 minute meeting than the one I was humbled to witness tonight. First, the backstory. Love Escalon was started by a stalwart of a Pastor in the community. Under his leadership, Love Escalon thrived for many years. In a cruel turn of events, the Pastor was diagnosed with brain cancer. Amongst the many life altering choices that come with that diagnosis, he had to resign from leading Love Escalon.
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A large church in the community decides it wants to start an initiative to help the city. They come up with a catchy name and tie in their own church logo. They launch a pilot project and it goes well. The church invites other groups to a meeting at their church to talk about expanding the efforts and getting more congregations involved. Nobody shows up. Crickets. The hosting church decides everyone else just doesn’t get it and dec