What an amazing day in the life of JCPC! I did not want Sunday to end. Sitting in worship and seeing our new Great Hall filled with people was incredible. Thank you to all who made a special effort to be there. Dr. Tom Tewell's message, which told of his experience at his church on September 11, 2001, was especially moving to me. The choir was large and excellent. The special guests added to the occasion. And the bagpipes and tartans reminded us of our Presbyterian roots. It was one of the highlights of my ministry!
One of our church members told me afterward how she appreciated our theme that wove itself through the dedication service - this new building is "Not For Us Alone." Sure, we will enjoy it -- but we see it as a way to reach out and serve those in our community. Our hope is that this new building will create a welcoming and sacred space that is safe for people to enter into and encounter God and each other. That will continue to be our guiding vision for this new building.
I am so appreciative of all who made the new building possible. Our New Building Committee worked long hours for two years. By the responses I am hearing to the new building, everyone thinks they did a great job! Our "Bridge to the Future" Capital Campaign Committee helped us create and articulate the vision of what we believe God is calling us to do. But this was made possible because of you and all of the other individuals who gave so generously so that we might realize this dream. Thank you for your generous gifts!
Sunday I mentioned that the best way to finish strong is for all of us who made a financial commitment to complete our pledges. Others of us may not have had a chance to give, but want to join in now. We welcome your support!
During September we will see the final roll out of all that needs to be completed. May God continue to bless the good work at JCPC!
Prayer for Today
Thank you, God, for working through us to do your work in this place. Bless all who have labored so well in creating this new building. Again, we dedicate it all to your glory! Amen.