2018 Overview & Ministry Initiatives

Hello Friends & Merry Christmas!

As 2018 comes to a close and we prepare for 2019, we would love for you to come alongside The Gathering at Community First! with financial support. Your investment allows us to continue expanding the ministry opportunities God is giving us! We are excited to be a part of a special movement to serve the disabled, chronically homeless. Your generosity empowers us to continue bringing Christ to folks who are transitioning out of a lifestyle of being despised and rejected and into a dignified community of grace and mercy.   

God is at work. THANK YOU for making a difference.

To make a special year-end investment to The Gathering go to: http://thegatheringcf.org/donate.

To volunteer with The Gatheringgo to: https://mlf.org/the-gathering-volunteer-calendar.

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No Perfect People Allowed

The Gathering helps imperfect people find and follow Christ.  We are a unique expression of the church.  We welcome everyone … the broken and the together … the over employed, the under employed and the unemployable … the incompetent and the over qualified … the addicted, the divorced, the abandoned and the widowed … the immoral and the moral … the filthy and the filthy rich … those who are a “model citizen” and those who are a mess. We span the spectrum of spiritual backgrounds … from the churched and de-churched to the unchurched.  

Put simply, The Gathering is a Christ-centered mission at Community First! Village that avoids denominational, cultural, economic, or racial distinction.  

We strive to be faith-based, not faith-biased. Our aim is to be a unique multi-cultural expression of the greater body of Christ. We believe that we should seek unity in the theological essentials (primary issues), liberty in the theological non-essentials (secondary issues) and charity (grace) in all things.  

The Gathering desires to create 3 ministry environments:

1).  KNOW (helping people know Christ personally) … believing everyone matters to God 

2).  GROW (helping people grow in Christ spiritually) … aiming for progress, not perfection

3).  SERVE (helping people serve people and advance God’s kingdom passionately) … advocating the thinking that it is not about you.

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The Gathering is volunteer led.  Please join our team (see above) in helping imperfect people find and follow Christ. Serve opportunities are for individuals, groups and families.Volunteer HERE.


We are 100% donor-funded through generous, tax-deductible contributions. To invest and grow the mission of The Gathering click HERE.

It's a Party!

We’re throwing a party we call “Trunk or Treat” at Community First! (CF!) on Sunday, October 28th, and we need an assist. Volunteers are the life-line to all we do in serving the disabled and chronically homeless. Volunteers are needed to provide decorated car trunks and candy for this event. Costumes are encouraged, too! We are also reaching out to families in surrounding neighborhoods and to and students who attend two nearby under-resourced schools, inviting them to be part of this free, family-friendly night. 

Volunteers are asked to arrive at 4:30pm to set-up, and the event opens to trick-or-treaters at 6pm.

Click here to sign up and serve!

You can donate toward the “Trunk or Treat” event by clicking here.

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