101 Things New City Church is grateful for (in no particular order):
The love of God that saw us through the ups and downs
You! If you're reading this list that means somehow you're accompanying us on our journey
The Mississippi River
CTUL, a social justice organization we had Solidarity Day with this year
Mayyadda, our worship leaderr, dropped a new album this year! "Holding Space"
A city council that on the most part was willing to meet with the people of New City to express our concerns about gentrification/displacement
The Make Homes Happen campaign, which we are a part of
Kerri Miller from Minnesota Public Radio for interviewing Tyler!
The hardworking people on East Lake Street who work 14 hour days but are still able to crack jokes
New City's monthly donors! We're grateful for people who invite this type of commitment for their own transformation as well as in support of the community
People who clear out sidewalks to make sure they're wheelchair accessible
That Hamilton the Musical came to Minneapolis this year. If you missed it, just ask Tyler for a re-enactment...
Also let's not forget Beyonce came through too
Just Minneapolis and St. Paul being a thriving arts scene in general!
The resilience of the community organizers of the Hwy 55 encampment of people surviving homelessness
The upswell of support that New City folks had for those organizers, and we continue to have
Mothers who are stretching a dollar to raise their kids single handedly
The book of Genesis, which we read through almost entirely this year (we skipped some of the list of names...)
That one group of like five Mexican guys who silently drive around during blizzards and pull people out of snow drifts
Funky Grits, the new restaurant on 38th and Chicago
People who started new organizations this year
Siblings who are tight
Life Together groups
Those who decided to be a little more vulnerable in Life Together groups
Those who received that vulnerability with grace
People who are able to create space for other people's pain without 'fixing' anything
But those people with hard skills who literally do fix things (like a broken mic stand...) are really helpful too
The Walker Community, who oversees the space we rent to be able to worship. Thanks for letting us do our own thing!
Volunteers, which this year we renamed "Collaborators"
Busy people who know how to prioritize community
People who braved coming out of the closet this year
The family of the people who came out, who maybe didn't completely understand but still stood with their loved one
Tamales that cost less than a cup of coffee
Our prayer wall, which an 11 year old boy constructed out of cardboard and spray paint
Students from the U of M, Bethel, Hamline, etc. who have contacted New City for an essay they're writing
The Forum for Theological Education--seriously a ton of New City have been with them
Knitting and crocheting
Back massages from people who feel safe
People who feel safe
People who know that 'safe space' isn't really possible, but who still venture to create 'brave space'
The Gospel of Matthew and its reverence for tradition that precedes it
The Gospel of Mark and how it gets to the point
The Gospel of Luke and its focus on marginalized people
The Gospel of John and how 'spiritual' it is
Oh man and the book Song of Songs?! It's so embodied
Our relationship sermon series that has been going SO WELL
Black Panther the movie and the visual imagination of a decolonized world
The white people in our community who are willing to take risks and own that they have been raised with racism all around them, and they want to change that
People who are willing to change
The Holy Spirit who is willing to change us even when we're seriously so fickle
The kids in our neighborhood and their boundless energy
Special ed teachers!
Spanish immersion teachers!
Parents of teenagers who just can't even right now
Coco the movie and its amazing ability to curry gratitude for elder
Our ancestors who fought for us to live in peace
Our neighbors who became farmers through our Backyard Farm program this year
All the amazing plants that are living and yielding food for those neighbors
All of the neighbors who are invited over for meals where they can eat said vegetables
Jesus, who through his life, death, and resurrection show us that God is a God of mercy and liberation
The line "speak the truth in love" in Ephesians--what a great model for us to use compassionate but straightforward communication in community
Being able to walk down the block and feeling pretty safe
Midtown Global Market
That one Tibetan tailor in Midtown Global Market who made Tyler's pastoral robe
Good financial systems that can be set up and make life easier
Those months where all of our receipts for credit card reconciliations are already turned in
Luther Seminary and all of the students they have sent to New City to check us out
The "Wesleyan Quadrilateral" that asserts that Scripture is best understood in conversation with tradition, reason, and experience
For the indigenous people who endured incredible trauma, yet they continue to remain strong
Landlords who don't raise the rent because they would rather have good tenants who build community than wealthy tenants who don't
Social workers who seriously take on so much vicarious trauma (blessings!)
Retired people who decide they would rather be part of society's solutions than go on another trip
Not knocking travel, though. Oh man, travel is so good.
Inquilinxs Unidxs, an organization in our neighborhood that fights for renters' rights
The people who don't wait for an invitation to show up to important rallies or protests
The MAD (men against destruction) Dads, who go onboard buses and make sure that no fights break out, sign people up for health care appointments, and make sure folks know about job opportunities. This is a project of a church, we might add!
The amazingly receptive people to Tyler's Annual Conference sermon
Community Organizer training--New City people attended the Midwest Academy's training this year and it was really amazing
People who write worship music that's really, really good
The New City people who on their own volition make playlists of New City worship music
The people who show up on a Sunday morning to set up folding chairs and tables for New City
The people who stumble into worship even though they are still hung over from the night before. Hey, if you made it to church we'll take it!
The New City people who check in on each other
Good audio speakers
People who were baptized this year!!
People who became Full Partners of New City this year by dedicating their time, talent, and resources
Our new storage cabinets. Organization is so fun!
People who give each other rides to New City
People who bike to New City
The love of God that saw us through the ups and downs
Thank you for the great year!