Our Big Idea for the opening day celebration service at Community Lincoln Square on March 20 was “I Heart My Community.” In light of that, and because of our mission, we wanted to see something be different in the community the following week as a result of this new campus starting that day. A couple months ago Tammy Melchien, our Campus Pastor, had a conversation with the principal at Chappell (the school where we meet), and he mentioned that because of budget shortfalls with CPS they had not been able to buy new books for their library for the past 2 years. The librarian came up with a list of 150 books they would like to have for their students, and we challenged people to love on our community by providing these books for the school. A local bookstore - The Book Cellar offered to sell the books at a discount and set up a table in the gym. All 150 books were purchased that morning! Over $2000 worth of books!! In addition, someone gave $260 to the librarian for more book purchases and one new attender, who is a former librarian, volunteered her time to come in and help catalogue all the new books. The school is feeling the love of God’s people and something was different in Lincoln Square that very week because we launched that day!