Letter from Jim Grubb
Extending Grace Project Representative
As each of us drive onto the Grace campus for worship, meetings, events or any gathering, we take it for granted that the buildings are there and available to us. Unless we stop and consider that which we enjoy week after week is there because a group of people, many who we do not know, gave so that those buildings could be built. We have the privilege and the blessing of standing on their shoulders and receiving immense blessings because of their sacrifice. Let’s take the time to honor and thank God that they provided for us.
We’re now asking that the current Grace Church family do three things:
Remember and thank God for the four decades of people who have supported Grace Church.
Realize that we have used this building to a point in which we have worn it out and it needs to be updated. We are focusing on the needed updating.
We also have an opportunity to recognize that our use of the facility is straining our ability to continue to use it well and could limit future activities as God continues to work through the lives of this congregation to our children, adults and our continuing outreach into the community.
The result of #2 and #3 is that we, too, would create another platform, through our sacrifice, on which future members of this congregation can stand on our shoulders.
The focus is to replace worn out flooring, lighting, AV equipment and parking lots. We want to address the kitchen and café design, the limited restroom space, transition spaces outside of the Worship Center, and the security of our children. We also recognize that our younger families have many children who utilize an under-sized space, and that adult ministries have space issues as well. The Missions “Lunch and Learn” gatherings for visiting missionaries, for example, often have more than one room can accommodate unless they use the Worship Center.
We rarely hear people complaining about these issues, and for that we are thankful that this congregation has been willing to roll up their sleeves and make our current facility work. However, the Elders recognize the limitations that these issues are placing on the current ministry capabilities and after extended periods of conversation, are now bringing the way forward before the congregation.
A building remodel/construction program can focus on the physical spaces, but the desire and hope of the Elders is that ministry and spiritual growth will be the outcome for which the building is made possible through that growth. May we enter this expecting God, through His Holy Spirit, to meet us in our hearts and minds and bring us closer to Him.
You may have questions. We’ve tried to anticipate a few of those questions at this stage (see Q&A document). They may spark some further conversation. We hope so because we want you to be informed and ready to respond.
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