They say “Be careful what you pray for. You just might get it!” So it is that we are about to be under way with the long-awaited replacement of our original educational buildings. Already there are signs, as three boxed trees have been delivered to help screen the view from Crenshaw. Parking in the lot next to the sanctuary will be affected as early as this Sunday.
Beginning Monday, that lot will be closed off during the week, with the handicapped spots available on weekends only. It will be like that for about a year. Getting the portables ready for inspection will take about three weeks, and once that is done we will get them licensed for use by our preschool. Once that approval is in hand we will begin Summer School in these new temporary classrooms. Preschool teachers and staff will be preparing to make the move, but there is plenty for the rest of us to do as well.
It’s not surprising that cupboards and cabinets get filled up with things that don’t get used every day. As we get ready for the construction we will be clearing out all kinds of stuff from almost every corner of the campus. Things that get used every day or every week are our first priority. Things that get used seasonally may have to find a new home for a while. Things that haven’t been used in recent memory will go away for good.
During the year of construction, many of our rooms will have to serve multiple purposes. In addition to the portables, the preschool will be using the Choir Room, Aldersgate and the Mission Room. Their furniture and classroom supplies will share space with existing groups. Sometimes we will have to rearrange furniture for ourselves or others. Sometimes we may have to find a different space from the one we are used to using. There will be temporary fencing to provide security for our preschoolers.
We have created a link on our church web site with updates on the construction as we move forward. You can sign up for email updates as well. We are working to provide a web cam as well, so that people can look in on what’s happening as we go.
I am grateful for the confidence and encouragement you have shown as we approach this once in a lifetime project. Thank you. Our congregation has been blessed by the wisdom, courage and generosity of those who went before us. What they helped to build is even stronger today. Now we have the opportunity to make that same contribution to those who will come after. In your faithfulness and generosity the words of Psalm 22 will be lived out once more – “Future generations will be told about the Lord, and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn.”
Grace and peace,