I want to thank everyone for being part of such a positive gathering and conversation last Sunday. The Building Committee has been working on the project for years, but it has been almost entirely behind the scenes. Soil studies, traffic studies, engineering reports, and the like aren’t all that exciting to prepare and review.
Perhaps my favorite task in just the last year was the “Fuel Modification Covenant.” That is a requirement of the County Fire Department, essentially stating that we will not plant large trees next to the classroom buildings, in order to prevent the spread of fire. It cost a couple of thousand dollars to have the fire department look at those plans, but that wasn’t the most exciting part. I had to sign off on the Covenant, a term loaded with religious meaning in the Bible. I also had to get my signature notarized, as though someone else would ever want to sign such a document. Even that wasn’t all. I had to take the document to the County Recorder’s office by LAX to have them scan and record it there as well. Only then would the county take our money.
But soon the actual, visible work will begin. We have ordered the three portables, double classroom trailers which will be placed, for the time of construction, in the “new” parking lot, between the sanctuary and the exit driveway. We currently have a June installation date, but are working to move it up as soon as we can. Once the trailers arrive it will take about a month before they are ready for inspection and occupancy.
Only after they have been inspected and approved, and licensed by the state for use as preschool classrooms, will the demolition of the existing buildings begin. We will be putting together an email update blast with information about what will be happening every week or so.
So that is exciting and encouraging on its own. But what made me feel best was the spirit in the room as we brought you all up to date. It was clear that you are eager to get going, and that support for the new facilities was high. It will serve children and their families. It will serve youth and their families. It will also make possible expanded space for use by middle and older adults, including classes, meals, seminars, gatherings of many kinds. It will help our campus to serve the community around us even more generously than we already do.
So thank you! Thank you for the support you have shown over these past several years. Thank you for the generosity you have demonstrated already. And thank you for making it clear that the kind of congregation you want to be part of is one that gives itself away for others. In Jesus Christ, we have an example of what it looks like to live for others. I am grateful that you have chosen to let him lead us in this effort.
Grace and peace,