Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
The renovation of our church was long overdue. There were questions to be answered by our church leadership, concerns to be heard, money to be raised, plans to be made, and this process took two years. I want to use this medium to register my appreciation to all of you for all the wonderful support that you gave to make the renovation of our church a reality.
This message would be seriously lacking if I didn’t identify the following groups for recognition: To you the members of our Church, please accept my profound gratitude for your sacrificial giving. Thanks to the Financial Committee who creatively raised significant sums of money through Art & Craft sale events and a GoFundMe campaign. Thanks to friends of our Church who contributed money through the aforementioned events, through the mail, and those who sent us love gifts anonymously. We also salute local organizations for their financial contributions. As a Church, we are greatly indebted to the Board of Trustees who managed the renovation project. Notably, they secured the services of a Painting Company that met their own deadlines, did a great job, and showed respect for our Church from the beginning to the end of the project.
I praise God that our Church is aesthetically more beautiful than it ever looked in recent history. The renovation of our Church was necessary, but it is not primary to our ministry. Making disciples, winning souls for the kingdom of God, worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ, and sharing the Gospel in incarnational ways must remain the priorities. So, what’s next? We will be having a service of rededication of the Church building and ourselves to the service of God on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at 10:00 am, and I am making a special appeal to you to be in attendance. In other words, make no other plans for this Sunday and be in attendance if you are not sick.
Please help us in spreading the news, so that we can have your family members, neighbors and friends in attendance. I close with a lesson I learned many years ago: A successful renovation is just a template for success related to our Church’s mission—discipleship. Using momentum from this renovation project, we look forward to new and effective ways to rebuild our church membership, reaching our community, and finding ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Rev. Dr. Peter E. Grinion, Pastor