Memphis – City of Comebacks!
Memphis has a quite legitimate reputation for pulling off pretty major comebacks.
Even recent residents can tell you about the civic improvements made since the 1970s that involved such major landmarks as the legendary Peabody Hotel and the famed Orpheum Theatre, a renowned concert hall across the South from its opening in 1928.
Both these classic venues had to close for a time in the 1970s but are now back ready to go for the next round of city take-off only placed on hold by the Pandemic. Already in 2007 the Urban Land Institute named Memphis a top turnaround city. Before the virus struck City Council had been planning or completed more than 70 projects including the much-heralded revamping of the Sears building, once another city landmark in Memphis’ earlier heyday following World War Two.
Then Memphis as the hub for FED-EX leapt into prominence as the COVID vaccine needed to be distributed nation-wide. Par for the course. Memphians are a generally patient and quietly optimistic people and the GCI group here is like that. In spite of 2 run-ins with COVID affecting our members (who recovered) we too are looking forward to reopening our weekly Sunday service at Bartlett Senior’s Center. As the wise man said, “Watch this space.” Our Lord still has plans for this roll-with-the punches enduring group of God’s people!