I thought I would provide you with an update on our position with the church’s First Friday initiative. As we enter into the last quarter of the year, it seems now might be the best time to enlighten you on future thoughts regarding our monthly program.
Unfortunately, our October event was rained out on the 6th. (Mercado) We have decided to not provide a November/December or January program because of the season, weather and busy schedules. We do plan on starting back up again in February with our popular gathering on the 2nd at Quad City Family Entertainment Center. We also plan on having events every month for the remainder of most of the year including our ballpark gathering at Modern Woodmen on the third of August, 2018.
As we approach the new year, I have considered changing the name of our event from First Fridays to The Gathering….reason being that in order to respond in kind to EVERY FIRST FRIDAY of the MONTH many scheduling challenges take place. Whether it be a conflict with the church or holiday calendars, I have found myself often-times dealing with a date that is not compatible with other events taking place near or about the same time-frame. Rather than to cancel the event, it seems to make more sense to schedule it on a day that works better for our congregation and purpose.
Additionally, over the last couple of years we have been holding this event, many of the places we chose to hold our party have closed. Joe’s Grille, Venue, Van’s, Five and Jako’s (Omelia’s) are no longer in business. This creates an additional challenge in trying to find a venue that can accommodate our needs from a pricing and proximity perspective as we endeavor to plan on our 2018 schedule. So, if you have any ideas for a location for our monthly event, I am all ears.
As we approach the new year and given the obstacles I have outlined for you, I feel good about changing the name to The Gathering. That way we can still provide an occasion where we can meet on a regular basis but not be restricted by having the date land solely on the first Friday of every month and we will need to be mindful of the change when making our plans.
I would love to hear from you with your ideas and perspective. As a church, we have every intention of keeping this event ongoing and vibrant. I hope this message serves to update and enlighten our stance in this regard.