Throughout 2020 and even into the first part of 2021, this value has been tested to see if this is really something we are as a church or not. In what has been an incredibly trying year for so many reasons, the generosity of our Hill City community shone through. There were plenty of reasons that people could have pulled back and disengaged, but they didn't — and the fruit of our community's generosity is a testament to that. The list of stories is far too great to mention here and the ripple of impact will be felt for years to come.
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Wags & Lacy
In addition, members of our community moved to establish the JCK Good Neighbor Samaritan Fund for 2020, which received over $90,000 in total contributions to give away to people in need and organizations that address those needs.
Needs like: Job Support, Counseling Support, Housing/Rent Assistance, Food Support, International Mission, and Foster Care Support.
As care pastor of Hill City, it’s my job to field requests for assistance and walk alongside folks who are having a tough time. A hard part of that position is telling people “no”, sometimes being forced with tough choices (should we help this single mom with her ER bill or invest in a family of 4 living out of their car?), but because of your unprecedented and radical generosity this past year, our care ministry didn’t have to make those choices very often. We were able to love our neighbors with a Christ-like voracity that proclaimed “Heavenly Father...Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” —Matt Fisher, Care Pastor
Since 2020 was such a *unique* year in how we did church as a whole, one huge win we saw in people’s lives was their participation in our Discipleship Development Program (all done over Zoom! Who would’ve thought?). We saw a ton of development in people’s emotional health, prayer lives, relationships, and walks with Jesus— and groups were there for each other during a year where everything felt disconnected.
I can’t say enough about this [aligning] track. It was a perfect fit for me because I felt stuck for so long, and to be able to have these deeper conversations about the Bible, Christ, our relationships with God and with each other as well as our spirituality, was so impactful for my life…to be able to express the thoughts that I had for so long but didn’t have the outlet to talk about those things.” —Bryan Rogers, Aligning track