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Introducing "Everybody In"

Dear friends,

As I write this, we’ve just wrapped another amazing season of Local Tables, reflecting this week on the “Walk to Emmaus” and how Jesus was made known in the breaking of bread. We’ve been at it for over fourteen months now — a bread-breaking experiment that has grown into a full-on movement.

That’s fourteen months of embracing the awkward and gathering and celebrating and sharing food and stories and lives.

Fourteen months of seeing and knowing and loving one another, praying for one another and the world and those we care for.

Fourteen months of sharpening our vision, tuning our hearts, seeing Jesus in places we didn’t before, and watching over one another in love.

By God’s grace, it’s been a beautiful beginning — nothing short of amazing, and I thank my God every time I remember you.

But we’re just getting started.

Today, I’m writing to let you know about a brand new initiative for The Local Church seeking both your commitment and investment in all God’s up to through this fledgling movement of love. It’s called EVERYBODY IN.

Everybody In is not only a statement of identity for our faith community — of who belongs at The Local Church (say it with me now: “everybody in”…), but it’s also an invitation to partner with us toward all God has in store.

In other words, if this movement is going to keep growing toward vibrant and inclusive weekly worship with a thriving physical space dedicated to the flourishing of the whole community, and if we’re going to keep connecting with more people who will experience belonging and love with no strings attached and grace on grace on grace, it’s going to take, yep, everybody in.

I guess what I’m trying to say is… we can’t do this without you.

So here’s the ask. You knew it was coming. I’m just going to put it out there.

<deep breath>

Are you in?

Would you consider making a financial commitment to The Local Church for the remainder of 2019 and beyond? Every commitment and every gift — large or small, recurring or one-time — is significant. It matters. And it makes a huge difference.

As you consider your commitment, we are also inviting you to consider percentage giving. Historically, people of faith have given a tithe, or ten percent, of their income back to God. This practice is rooted in scripture (Genesis 28:10–22, for example). But here’s the thing: If we’re going to encourage you to tithe, we have to practice, too. To that end, we’re tithing 10% of everything we raise during the Everybody In campaign back into the community — to a different local non-profit organization each month. To kick things off in May, we’re giving back to Chatham Habitat for Humanity!

So maybe you’re in because you believe in our mission (which is really God’s mission) to “love where you are.” Maybe you’re in because a podcast or a Local Table or a new friendship has added value to your life. Maybe you’re in because you want others to experience a fresh way of encountering the risen Christ. Or maybe you’re in — cheering from the sidelines — on behalf of a friend or family member or neighbor (or stranger) who is excited about this movement. Whatever it is, thanks be to God for you. You are part of this!

If you want more details, you can read about the whole Everybody In campaign here. We’re trying to be as open and transparent as possible, but if you do have questions or comments or need clarity or think we’re missing something huge, I’d love to talk with you by email or phone or buy you a cup of coffee.

And one more thing: Looking for any reason to party, I hope you’ll join us for an Everybody In Kickoff Celebration on the evening of Saturday, June 8, featuring food and games and a big announcement. We’ll share more details very soon, but for now… save the date!

In the meantime, I truly hope you will consider making a financial commitment to The Local Church — partnering with us on this Everybody In campaign. Because everybody includes you, too.

Brent LevyComment