He who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in eternity's sun rise. - William Blake
Your come out story starts with -- you! So many amazing people come out from week to week that, as much as we would love to keep them here with us for all eternity, they are just passing through. As a result, we have learned to love with open hands here at First Congo. Instead of holding on to the people, we hold on to the memories, the words, the beauty -- whatever goodness that is shared during their time here. In turn, all of the good people and their good work become a lasting and integral part of our community.
We encourage you to do the same in this space. Whenever you see the words COME OUT or the YOU icon, that's an open and affirming invitation for you to join in. Feel free to share your story of praise, fear, triumph, anger, joy or looking for a place to repair your bike, your heart, or your garden -- whatever has moved you to this place. You are also welcome to share your story along with any inspirational work to be featured in our Gallery along with other artists and creative types from our community.
As our banner says, we are working hard to make our yellow brick buildings green! We’ve installed solar panels, raised bed gardens, are one of 3 “super-recycling” centers in our city, and have 3 beehives (the Blessed Bee project). We feed people every day of the week, offer meals twice weekly, and once a month, in partnership with the Midsouth Food Bank, we provide groceries to approximately 300 families.
All told, we share our space with an average of 30 other organizations at any given time, all of whom have a calling to bring people together in an environment of healing, justice and reconciliation.
Follow the yellow bicycle icon to find more information on all of the good work that goes on here at First Congo or go one tab over to the Visitor's Guide to learn how our ministries and Shared Space partners work together to enhance our community. And, when you're ready, COME OUT to worship, hang out, or contribute. There's plenty of work to go around!
We are midwives, laborers, language specialists, counselors, filmmakers, bicyclists, refugees, environmental activists, nutritional therapists, childcare workers...and we share space at 1000 South Cooper because we believe that community matters -- and that our work is done better in shared space than on our own.
A Matter Of Seeing
Worship with us Sunday @ 10:30am!
At First Congo, we believe that faith is a matter of seeing. We encourage you to come out and spend time in fellowship and worship with those from near and far who pass through our doors. Be prepared for the wonderfully unique yet wholly familiar feeling that comes when connecting soul to soul. You may then be motivated to try our commitment to simple living, peace and justice, and welcoming the stranger on for size. If it fits, feel free to just keep coming back and make yourself right at home!
For more information on Sunday worship and activities throughout the week, give us a ring at 901.278.6786.
Sign up for a Dinner Group before September 8th -- one of the best ways to get to know members of the First Congo community in an intimate setting, especially ideal for introverts and seekers. Register Here=>
We are now accepting applications to First Congo SOAR - Season Of Action and Reflection. Learn More!
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Join us Wednesdays in September as we listen and learn from artists in our congregation how creativity has fed and been fed by their spiritual journeys. Get Details
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