By: Dr. Michael Gardner
Every week for the last three weeks, we have seen, literally, the renewal and renovation process in our Sanctuary. It has been quite a process.
Our old, worn carpet has been removed and replaced with lovely new carpet in the Sanctuary, Narthex, hallways, North Portico, Hanson Hall, and Balcony. The 1950s asbestos tile was professionally removed and abated – and we were glad to see it go. It has been replaced by durable, permanent, porcelain floor tile.
We give thanks to God for more than 700 volunteer hours from more than 30 workers for the amazing work done in preparing our Sanctuary floor, extending the chancel, rebuilding the communion rails and dozens of other tasks. We also thank the congregation for financing and funding our project.
The result has been the restoring of beauty to our beloved worship space. It’s looking really good. Along the way we have endured the dust, and minor inconveniences each Sunday throughout the construction process!
Along the way, we have been talking about how God can restore and renew our lives as well. We have seen that we are each bearers of the image of God, and created for good and blessing! We have also seen that by God’s grace, we can leave the past behind and move forward to the life God wants us to live.
Remember that this coming Sunday, August 19th is Back-to-School Sunday with a single combined worship service at 9am in the Sanctuary. We will rejoice in the completed Sanctuary project and worship together, thank our many volunteers who helped it all happen as we rededicate our sacred space!
We will also have a special message and blessing for children and their backpacks, dedicate teachers, hear music from our Chancel Choir, Youth Band, Worship Band, Pep Band and congregation! It will be BIG fun!
After worship, there will be a Chris Cakes breakfast for everyone, 10 to noon outdoors, lawn games, a petting zoo and table, tents and fellowship on the Church grounds. Invite your friends and neighbors!
And I’ll see you Sunday as we wear our school colors, unveil our completed Sanctuary, and rejoice together, giving thanks for all God’s blessing!
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