Creating Together: FCS 2016 Annual Report
Working together to create something fresh is an energizing and engaging experience. When it comes to neighborhood revitalization, FCS President Jim Wehner says it this way: "A community in decline does not turn around in the blink of an eye. It takes a minute. It is a subtle shift that requires locking arms with our neighbors... We must create the change together."
FCS Donates $370,000 To Moving In The Spirit
FCS donated 10 percent from the recent sale of the historic Atlanta Stockade/GlenCastle development to Moving in the Spirit, a nonprofit that shared the Glencastle space and has been a tremendous ally and close partner for many years. Moving in the Spirit is a nationally-recognized youth development program that uses the art of dance to positively transform the lives of children and teens in Atlanta.
Focused Community Strategies partners with under-resourced neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.
when city shapers gather
Who do you know who is working to shape your city to reflect the Kingdom of God? Are you energized every time you are around them? How exciting is it to interact with people who are actively participating in changing your city?
I was so fortunate to experience just this over the last six weeks. I don’t want to make you jealous or anything, but I was able to facilitate the 2017 City Shapers Cohort through the Lupton Center! “What is this amazing thing?” you ask. Great question!
education or housing?
Our task was to strip donated bikes for usable and resellable parts for FCS’ bike shop. So Diamond and I began to assess the rusty and stubborn bolts and screws. I enjoy volunteering at the bike shop, and program staff are flexible with my volunteer hours as I am often traveling.
Diamond is a sporadic attendee at the bike shop, too, but for very different reasons. Her ability to show up is often based on where she is staying at the moment.
ezra on immigration
“We have a problem,” a sober delegation of Ezra’s appointed leaders reported to him. Illegal foreigners had infiltrated Israel’s borders. Not like enemy saboteurs. Worse! They had slipped right into the homes, the bedrooms, of some of the most prominent leadership of the society – even the priesthood!
Yes, it was true. There were disturbing numbers of Jewish men who had taken wives from several of the surrounding pagan countries, had children by them, and were allowing foreign influences to contaminate the Jewish culture.