Thursday, August 25, 2011

Building update 1

Met with Brian and Peter today. Brian is the guy that is helping us through the Conditional Use Permit process. Peter is the architect that is helping us design the space to code and to it's best possible use. Both have offered to help us at reduced rates, and for that we say "thank God".

Brian gave me a list of forms to fill out, which I will get on quickly. Peter and Brian are meeting with a city building inspector on Tuesday to make sure that fire codes and building locations are all good. Pray that we don't have fire sprinkler issues or nearby tenant conflicts. If all goes forward without any glitches, Brian said we should be able to complete the process in 4 months. That would make it our Christmas present from God.

So you ask, "what can I do?" thanks for asking.
1. I should get the keys tomorrow and we will start moving stuff over next week. If you can help out next week let me know. Many hands make light the work.

2. If you can financially help out that would also be appreciated. Thanks to those who have already stepped up and given above and beyond their normal giving.

3. If you haven't been giving consistently, then this month would be a good time to start making that commitment to honor God and help our church with your tithes and offerings

4. We have started what I am calling "The Call". This is each of us living out Matthew 18:19-20 19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” When you feel the call to prayer, ask someone to join you. And let's begin to claim and call down Gods blessings and promises on our church.

5. Lastly, it is no secret that times have been tough over the last few years. If you have been affected and have lost your passion and energy and momentum. Then join me in this prayer:

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

-- Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596)

Come on Now Church, will you join me?

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