Hey guys, just wanted to let you know about an awesome opportunity coming up to not only support our wonderful city but to have a say in the future of Huntington.
A new civic group called Create Huntington is hosting a community forum to put together a long-term plan for the city and all are invited to attend and to give input. From a recent article in the Herald-Dispatch, “Create Huntington wants to take ideas from different segments of the Huntington community — Marshall University, business, government, nonprofits and residents — and create a development plan. It wants to facilitate development, as well as coordinate efforts already under way in the community so the right hand knows what the left is doing.”
This sounds like a great idea and is something that has needed to happen for a long time. Given that one of the main focuses at Crew is loving our city, I think it is vital that we be involved in forums such as this to help provide a different kingdom perspective into the direction we think Huntington needs to go. Also, if we are to have the greatest impact on our city and to allow God the most opportunity to use us, we have to connect with others in this city. We cannot help fix the problems here on our own and our church was not meant to be an island in the city but rather a vital part of it.
I challenge each member of Crew to ask themselves if the vitality of Huntington is something that you feel strongly about. If it is, then I encourage you to attend this meeting along with myself and others from our church. Begin thinking of ways that Huntington can be improved such as the suggestion of starting a non-voting council position for a Marshall student to allow for better communication between our city and one of it’s most important institutions. Identify areas that could use a little sprucing up and begin putting together a plan of the best way to do so. If we can bring these ideas before people who have a way of making them happen, our possibilities are endless.
Ironically, this forum takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29. For those of you paying attention, this is the day after our service project at St. Clouds. That will definitely bring some weight to our ideas if we can show those at this meeting that we are already a physical part of restoring Huntington and not only have we put some thought into it, but we are turning those ideas in actions! I hope you will consider joining me at this meeting to help restore Huntington and to make sure that God is glorified in doing so!
Tim Bailey, City Team Leader