Capturing Joy 2018

We had such a great night together celebrating TEN YEARS as an organization. Inherent to the work of belonging is that we all have something to give, and we all have something to receive. Capturing Joy 2018 was an incredible evening centered of both generous giving, of time and resources, and generous receiving–of stories, laughter and encouragement. One of our favorite stories that was shared was of Mati, one of the young men we’ve had the privilege and honor of knowing for quite some time! Check it out here!

August Ace | News!

A little Middle School, Back2School, Juarez and a whole lot of fun – welcome to the August edition of Ace | News!! Our hope is that you see, through the stories and events shared throughout the year, the collective power of “we”. When we come together, change happens, relationships happens, joy happens, and we all belong!

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God is Good

The backpack drive is pretty much over!

It’s been a whirlwind. Ace staff has been busy, maybe too busy, as we have officially EXCEEDED our goal of 300 FILLED backpacks! The outpouring of generosity by our church and corporate partners has been beyond encouraging. While we’re still gaining last minute collection numbers from a few of our partners, it appears as though we might even exceed 360 backpacks!

God.

Is.

Good.

 

Now check this out?!?!

Ace in the City has long been the recipient of the generosity from larger, more established organizations. We are where we are in part because of this. With the excess of backpacks we’ve collected this year, we’re BEYOND THRILLED to be helping a new church plant in North Minneapolis (Lighthouse) as they desire to equip their students for the new school year by hosting an event much like the one we’re coordinating in Powderhorn.

Jesus says something about treasure hoarding and building bigger barns to hold it. Instead of creating space and keeping these backpacks for another year, we’re pretty excited to be giving them to our brothers and sisters on the Northside. To be on the giving end of things is refreshing and God-honoring and we’re humbled to be in this position.

Prayers for a strong finish with the Bash would be great! Pray for a great turnout, great weather, great execution! If your Saturdayafternoon is free, swing on by Powderhorn Park. We’d love to see you there!

Ace Values

Ace in the City continues to grow in staff and scope and reach in the community. All good things, and we thank God for them.  As we grow, however (as any organization grows), the danger becomes losing sight and alignment to our vision and mission. Which is why values are so important. Values tether you to vision and mission, help you keep aligned.

While we have operated and expressed ourselves within a general framework that’s seemingly been pretty consistent across staff and programs, we’ve never actually done the good and hard work of putting values on paper and in front of us. But we did it, and it’s beautiful.

Our work will be guided and informed by our beliefs and commitments to the following things, and we’d love your accountability as we keep the course:

  • Humility. We ask questions and listen first, learn second, and only then do we pursue a response, always looking to collaborate alongside others.
  • Generosity. We are good stewards with what God has given us, believing through simple living and lavish giving things work to be made right.
  • DignityBy equipping and empowering, we affirm the worth of all people, believing we all have something to offer and something to receive.
  • PresenceWe place people over programs, believing safe spaces and healthy relationships are created and sustained through consistency.
  • DelightWe find joy in laughing together, believing playfulness, curiosity and fun are things that should never outgrow us.

Thanks for walking with us, friends. Have a great week!

-Tim Anderson

Registration Now Open!

March is here, spring is around the corner!

Registration now open for our 3rd Annual Ace Golf Classic set for Monday, May 22nd at the beautiful Indian Hills Golf Club in Stillwater. Early Bird specials now through the first week in April!

Register and gather more details here.

Thanks!

I was reminded over the weekend and today of the gift of life and friendship and being in the moment, for the moment, with where God has each of us. Thanks for all the love and support

Months of planning and prepping, hours upon hours of work led into Saturday’s Fellowship Dinner. And then, just like that, it’s over.  Incredible how that works….Ace staff did a tremendous job executing the vision for the evening, and it was so fun to see so many of you there. Again, thanks for praying, supporting, hosting, attending, setting up or tearing down.  We even EXCEEDED our goal of $55,000 to cover direct program costs. Couldn’t have pulled it off without you. BIG THANKS!

The theme for the evening was “Grow with us.” We are continually humbled at all God is doing in our community, grateful for the opportunity to serve and be served, invest and be invested in, for the greater Kingdom good of everyone involved. There’s work to be done,  and we are walking away from this event encouraged and more equipped for the road ahead. Together.

Our team has some further debriefing to do, some thank you’s to write, then we celebrate and then we rest. Excited for the latter end of this list:) You all are such a source of support and encouragement for me personally and Ace organizationally. THANK YOU!

Better Together.

Grow with Us!

It’s the time of year again. Programs are in full swing which means we’re also preparing for our 5th Annual Fellowship Dinner set for Saturday, November 12th. We are blessed to be hosting the event again in South Minneapolis at the Colin Powell Center.

We’d LOVE IT if you would join us for an evening of vision and stories, great food and fellowship! Details and registration can be found here: http://www.aceinthecity.org/fellowship-dinner

Grow with us!