This Sunday, I won't be preaching. Instead, our Trustees / Finance Committee / Vision Team, with the blessing of our Church Council, will be presenting the details of our upcoming building project. Lord willing, work will commence within the next few months.
A few years ago, under the inspired leadership of my predecessor, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Heagy, the people of JUMC revamped what was a very dated, worn sanctuary (and the entire church building) and made it an absolutely beautiful, intimate chapel, with diverse possibilities.
After that project was completed, the plans were laid for further "updating". The church's education building was built in about 1960, and it looks like it. Both the exterior and interior need serious work. Work is needed not only to modernize, but also to repair and maintain. The plans for the project are great, and include a connecting corridor between the two buildings, a lovely garden behind the facility, and a more suitable look.
Jefferson church is a wonderful community of faith, with lovely people and great opportunities in a quickly growing suburban area. By making these physical improvements, we'll be setting ourselves up well to accomodate what God has for us in the future, while honoring our heritage.
Our Lenten Bible study is focused on "prophetic ethics"...how God calls us to speak to our time, live a disciple's life in the 21st century, and reach the people in our part of the world. Later this month, our Church Council meeting will be devoted exclusively to the seeking of God's vision for our ministry. Where do we believe the Spirit is calling us in the next 3 years...5 years...10 years...and beyond? What do we need to do to get there?