From the Mayor

From the Mayor - December 2018

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I’ve often said that my vision for Tucker is a community where individuals and families can ‘live, work,
play and pray’, all in their own community, for their whole lives if they choose to. As we enter the holiday
season, I thought it might be a good time to examine that last aspect: ‘pray’.

When I mention that in speeches, it’s not to endorse any particular religion or to push the institution
of religion on anyone. Instead, it’s to acknowledge what our faith community has meant to Tucker for
generations, and to nurture it for the benefi t of future generations.

In 1829, a group of Tucker-area residents founded Fellowship Baptist Church. That church served those
families – and the Tucker community – for over 170 years. Tucker’s First Baptist, which many of us pass
everyday driving down Lavista Road, has been around since 1893. The Methodists started their church
in Tucker in 1904. Tucker First Presbyterian, now on Fellowship Road, was founded near Embry Hills in
1894. Today, there are dozens of faith institutions working within our City limits.

It’s not just that these faith groups have been around in our community for a long time, but it’s impressive
to consider how much good work they have done for the betterment of Tucker and its people. You’ll
read on Page 4 about NETWorks, which is supported by our entire faith community, and their ongoing
eff orts to provide food and job assistance to neighbors who are going through tough times. Several of
the churches in Tucker off er after-school tutoring and mentoring to students who don’t speak English
as their fi rst language. The comfort they have provided to the sick and the suff ering, the practical help
they have provided to those in need and in hardship, the joys they have multiplied through weddings,
baptisms, homecomings and a million other celebrations; how could we ever calculate the value? And
what would we do without them? Whatever our individual roles or relationships with these institutions
of worship, we can all be grateful for their presence and for their service and sacrifi ce over these many
years.

My prayer for you is that this holiday season is full of joy and blessed times with family and friends.
And may we all remember this one unarguable truth: we can never go wrong by loving our neighbor as
ourselves.

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