After a good night’s rest, we went to the Community Christian Church service at Swift Elementary. Rich and Dori have built a truly great ministry in Edgewater. If you ever get a chance to go, you will not be disappointed. The music was awesome and refreshing. The sermon was great, hitting hard right where it needed to. And the people of the church enjoy close knit community. Alex sat with a girl who was a first time visitor, making her feel welcome.
After church, we had lunch at Rich and Dori’s apartment. We talked about how they built this church literally from the ground up, and their philosophies on how to create community in a such a culturally and spiritually diverse place. Anyone looking to start a church plant could learn a lot from the Gormans.
Sunday was the only day in our busy schedule that we had time to explore Chicago. There is so much to see and do just in the downtown area. It was a great way to get a good feel for the city and for the team to get to know each other better. I know there are sections of town you want to avoid, but we didn’t encounter any of the craziness that makes it on the news.
We had a lot of fun on Sunday. And our experience in the city has really pumped us up for the work we will be doing this week.