One of my favorite passages from the book of Psalms is Psalm 84:10 which says, “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord than live in tents of the wickedness.” This past Sunday we announced in worship the good news that we will soon be occupying our new location for our house of the Lord where we can worship and share in other aspects of life together. Our first Sunday to worship at our new facility will be March 3, and on Wednesday the 6th we’ll conduct a Ash Wednesday service to begin the season of Lent. It is a bit ironic that on the first Sunday of February in 2018 we had our first worship service at the Bartlett Senior Center, and now one year later, on the first Sunday of March, we’ll have our first service in our new ministry home. It will be great to be in our new facility as Lent begins and we prepare to celebrate Easter.
Here are some things we need to do to prepare for this next step of congregational life. Please be in prayer for this time of transition and watch the newsletter for special announcements regarding the transition to our new location. Following our closing which is scheduled for February 20th, we’ll begin moving into the new facility. We’ll also start the process of assigning various rooms to various Sunday school classes, offices and so forth. Also, be aware that there will be some difference in how we can conduct worship services there until we have new sound and media renovations completed. Most of all I urge you to start praying for the new neighborhood to which God is calling us to serve. Pray for God to give us discerning wisdom of the potential ways we can connect to people in our new community. Our church home is located near several subdivisions and two elementary schools, Rivercrest and Bartlett Elementary. It is going to be great to once again be in control of our own schedule for having special services like Good Friday and Christmas Eve, and a potluck dinner any time we want. I wonder with fewer potluck dinners if the collective cholesterol level of our church has decreased over the past year? I think it would also be good to consider what God has taught you through the experience of being a congregation without owning our own building. Hopefully we will have a fresh set of eyes for ways we can do ministry and share in the joy and hope of Jesus Christ. Last of all, I would encourage us to express our thanks to the leadership at the Bartlett Senior Center. They have been as flexible as possible with us and demonstrated a supportive spirit to our situation.
See you Sunday.
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