I want to start off by thanking those who donated towards our winter fundraising campaign to support The Commons. I am always in awe when God’s people dig in and support the work! There have been some amazing things happening recently that have just been a joy to be a part of.
First, MACC Lit was finally able to relaunch Parent and Child Together time since moving into our new building and held a Black History Month Story Time where our little ones learned traditional African dances and got to partake in a drum circle. Second, MACC Sports hired an amazing Director in Roger Waldon II, who has quickly found ways to engage our youth through a 3v3 Basketball tournament, Speed and Agility Camp and is preparing for the both Spring Soccer and a new Flag Football League! Third, even in the cold weather we’ve been out in the community with volunteers from Cornerstone and Waynesburg University as we look forward to host more mission teams this summer. We’re also preparing to host the much-needed Property Tax Exemption workshops again this year. Last year, MACC Development helped 158 Homeowners in the 48214 receive property tax exemptions! And Finally, this past weekend we were blessed by God’s goodness to be able to have The Commons 1 Year Anniversary Party! The Commons has been a true beacon of hope in our community and has also won multiple community awards. God is so good!
It is with also some great sadness that in January I announced that I would be stepping down from the role as Executive Director in August 2019. Since joining MACC Development in 2016, I have gained valuable experience, meaningful relationships, and—most importantly—a deeper understanding of just how big our God really is. From my first day on the job, I was impressed with the determination of our team. We moved fast and accomplished the incredible despite working remotely for years. We pressed forward with the $1.5 million renovation of The Commons. We found new homes for MACC Lit, launched a new basketball league for MACC Sports, and partnered with the city to revitalize Pingree Park. Looking back, it is amazing to see God work through this team. The awards and media recognition we have received are testaments both to His faithfulness and the innovative leaders and advocates I have worked alongside these past three years.
Furthermore, without your support and without God's unmerited favor, none of what we have achieved these past eight years would have been possible. And so, even as we face another challenging year, we remain undaunted. Indeed, we eagerly anticipate the year to come, mindful of the many years of God's faithfulness to us and to our neighbors.
Grace be with you,