Summer’s in full swing, of which the streaks of excessive heat, long days, and towering fields of corn attest, but it won’t be long, and the familiar patterns of the fall will once again be upon us. This year, however, September brings with it something new: The Generosity Initiative for our Building Campaign. The Initiative will begin on Sunday, August 26th: and run through the end of September, with “Consecration Sunday” being 30 September. The Generosity Initiative Team is once again gearing up for the campaign, and will be meeting July 12th, July 26th, and twice more in August as they finish the work started in January. You may remember we paused our capital campaign process in order to let the Building Committee complete more of the work undertaken at the start of this year with the Architect (Chiodini).
The Building Committee (Milburn Site Sub-Committee) has been diligently working through a rigorous and faithful process about which you’re invited to learn more beginning this Sunday, July 8th at 3:00pm in the Sanctuary. The Building Committee will be hosting the first of four (4) Building Update and Information Meetings, during which they will: 1) share details about their process; 2) the progress that has been made; and 3) begin showing design concepts developed as a result of their work. There will be three more such meetings held on Sunday, July 22nd, August 12th, and August 26th all at 3:00pm in the Sanctuary. The meetings are scheduled to last 60 minutes, and no more than 90 minutes each time. The same information is intended to be shared at each meeting. Therefore, you only need to attend one of the meetings to get the relevant information, but you are invited to attend as many of the informational meetings as you wish.
I’m excited for our entire faith community to learn more about the work of the Building Committee, and to see the design concepts. There is much more to be done, but we’ve come a long way, and now is the time for us to gather together and share in the vision. If you’re familiar with the story of Nehemiah, then you’ll know he gathered the people together, and with clarity about what it would take to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (the vision God gave), he shared everything, saying, “Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem…” to which the people of God said, “Let us start building!” and committed themselves to the common good. I hope you’ll be able to join me and our Building Committee as we learn more about the vision before us, and begin considering what we will commit to the common good.