Pride for Parents Kicks Off!
Pride for Parents started with one simple belief –families would prefer to shower their loved ones with gifts out of their own means, rather than receiving a handout. To help make this holiday dream a cheery reality, FCS sets up a toy store at our South Atlanta location leading up to Christmas. This year, the store will be open from December 8-22.
In preparation, we’ve started collecting new toys to stock our store! Each year, we rely on partners to help build our inventory. Want to get involved? Sign up now to host a toy drive, shop on our Amazon Wishlist, or reach out to Pamela Stringfield for more information!
Thankful for Waiting
It’s that time of year. There’s finally a little chill in the Atlanta air. Thanksgiving nears on the calendar. And people banter about whether it’s too early to begin playing Christmas music. But I’m thinking about Thanksgiving, reflecting on thankfulness.
When I was asked the traditional “What are you thankful for?” question, my mind immediately kicked into overdrive. I don’t feel thankful in the moment. I’m waiting. Waiting to hear back on a few things. Waiting for a few people to follow-through on their plans. Waiting for days on the calendar to pass. Once those things happen. Once those details fall into place. Then. Then I’ll be thankful for all of it! Read more >>
Focused Community Strategies partners with under-resourced neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.
I can’t remember when Mary Phillips came to live with us. Somewhere along the journey of my father’s itinerant pastorates, Mary had attached to our family. She was like a live-in grandmother to me. I called her MeMe (a name that stuck with her the rest of her life). I remember watching out our front window for her to get off the evening bus. When I saw her coming I would run to the door to meet her, get my big hug, and wait expectantly for my “surprise.”
The South Atlanta Bike Shop has been a fixture in our neighborhood for seven years. Children come to the Bike Shop after school to work on bikes and earn a bike of their own. Prior to the bike shop opening, all of this happened in one passionate neighbor’s driveway. South Atlanta neighbor, Andrej Ciho, took his passion for bikes and “discovering the treasure in every young person” and opened the South Atlanta Bike Shop in 2010.
I see neighborhood engagement as getting better at seeing both people and communities. Much of my role involves observing and making connections. I have space to do just that, and I try to do it with God. I’ve noticed that when I expect God’s presence, my perspective shifts. On Tuesdays, I have time set aside specifically to be out in the neighborhood in South Atlanta, paying special attention to letting God’s presence interrupt my schedule.
One day, God did just that.