Category Archives: Family

Keeping Our Promises 4

City Transformation: Being true to our word

  • Pray that the agreement with the city for the YMCA to operate the Colorado Springs Senior Center will meet the needs of our seniors without requiring the city to cover costs.  May it be a springboard for widely expressing respect and love toward our senior citizens.

As a reflection of our covenant-keeping God, we as a city desire to be true to our word, keeping the agreements we make between one another and with our neighbors .  This week we will pray for God’s guidance, strength, and wisdom to relate with one another in good faith.

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Our City’s Roots 9

City Transformation: Fulfilling our long-time callings

  • Pray for the new arrivals in our city, whether they came from the next county or from another nation.  Pray that they make solid relational connections, obtain work that will meet their needs, and become contributing members of our community.

There are characteristics and callings for our city that have grown out of our earliest days.  This week we will be praying for God’s purposes in these “roots” of our city to be fulfilled.  Each day we will leverage the history of a downtown building to guide our prayers (Reference).

Caledonian Hall
20 East Bijou Street
Built circa 1902 / Architect unknown
East Addition late 1930’s / Architect unknown
No. 25

Caledonian Hall
This is a two-part, two-story Late Victorian commercial building that consists of a circa 1902 brick façade to the west and a narrower stuccoed section to the east (constructed perhaps in the late 1930’s). Its first recorded use was as a Caledonian Hall, organized to promote camaraderie “ among persons of
Scottish birth and descent, and propagate of love for the music, literature and
ancient games of Scotland.” Other fraternal societies, including the Soldiers and
Sailors Club, also used this Hall. George Wright, a local contractor and proprietor of the Hall may have been the builder, but the name of the architect is undiscovered. Artists, carpenters and contractors also rented space here. The eastern portion of the building provided residential apartments upstairs, and retail space and offices for a variety of tenants on the ground floor.

Our City’s Roots 3

City Transformation: Fulfilling our long-time callings

  • Pray for our city to be a place of wealth and generosity, drawing on the example of Winfield Scott Stratton.

There are characteristics and callings for our city that have grown out of our earliest days.  This week we will be praying for God’s purposes in these “roots” of our city to be fulfilled.  Each day we will leverage the history of a downtown building to guide our prayers (Reference).

Post Office / Independence Building
121 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Built 1898 / Architect Roberts & Bishoff
No. 12

Post Office - Independence Building
This is the third building in the vicinity associated with Winfield Scott Stratton, whose statue figures prominently in the median just west of Nevada Avenue. Designed and built by the firm of Roberts and Bishoff in an Italian Renaissance Revival style, the first floor use of the building was that of a post office, which continued until the erection of the new post office across the Nevada Avenue in 1910. Offices in the upper stories were popular with physicians, real estate firms and accountants. The structure was renamed the Independence Building in 1910 in honor of Stratton’s flagship Independence Mine, which had been discovered on the Fourth of July 1891. Operated by the Stratton estate, the profits from the building benefited the Myron Stratton Home, an institution created through Stratton’s will to provide for poor children and the elderly on an estate on Nevada Avenue, south of downtown. State Register eligible.

African Americans in our city 5

  • Pray that our city’s African Americans would excel in education, prosper in work, be blessed with strong families, and walk in the grace of God.

As part of observing Black History Month, we are praying this week for the African Americans of our city.

African Americans in our city 4

  • Pray that we can build on the spiritual and social legacy of past leaders like Milton E. Proby and that the leadership groups such as the Black Chamber of Commerce and the NAACP would help guide African Americans into their rightful place in our community.

As part of observing Black History Month, we are praying this week for the African Americans of our city.

African Americans in our City 1

  • Thank God for the contributions of those whose ancestors came from Africa to our city’s culture, churches and economy. 

As part of observing Black History Month, we are praying this week for the African Americans of our city. 

Homicide 2

City Transformation: Healing from homicide

  • Pray for the children who lost a parent, that the King would take up their cause and place them in a new and healthy family.

As we start a new year, we want to pause and pray for those who lost someone to homicide in the past year.  26 deaths in the city in 2015 were ruled homicides (three more than 2014).  The Gazette posted a picture of each victim and a short description of the circumstances of their death here.  Each one is loved by God and worthy of remembrance.