The Dry Gap community differs in many ways from the Fountain City community. But we are the same in the most important way: God adores us all and wants great things for us.
The Envision Committee has spent much time and energy in identifying the data of this community, what needs are currently not being met, and how FCUMC could be the ones to plug those holes.
Census data for this community, within a 2-mile radius:
- Population: 21,628 with a projected growth of 4.3% over the next ten years;
- Median age: 38 years old;
- Ethnicity: 89% Caucasian;
- Household: nearly 1/3 are single-parent households, with significant projected growth over the next decade;
- Children: 40% of children are 5-9 years old;
- Income: Average $53,910 per year.
These statistics are great insights to the community. However, the following data is what compels us the most.
Church Involvement, within a 2-mile radius:
- 58.4% are not involved in church;
- 34.4% believe there is not a good faith community in the area;
- 34.8% do not believe in God;
- 46.7% feel faith is not relevant in their lives;
- 21.5% have never been invited to church.
Significant Life Concerns, within a 2-mile radius:
- Anger Management: 29.6% feel this is a significant concern;
- Depression: 34.6% feel this is a significant concern;
- Stress: 46.2% feel this is a significant concern;
- Financial matters: 48.9% feel this is a significant concern;
- Fear of the future: 47.7% feel this is a significant concern.
As you can see, there are several differences between the Dry Gap and Fountain City communities. But we are all eternal souls in need of God’s grace, and without his mercies all of these statistics – and many more – become real-life obstacles that can overwhelm and discourage us. Our church congregation is dedicated to making disciples and changing lives, and the Celebrate Recovery ministry at FCUMC has developed a Christ-centered way to combat much of the specific concerns of our Dry Gap neighbors.
We are continuously working to identify this community’s needs, and how best FCUMC can serve them. We welcome your suggestions and thoughts at email@example.com.