Monday, September 01, 2008

No News Means No News

Several have written to ask the status of our church rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Dolly. Unfortunately, there isn't much to report at this point. We are being stalled by our insurance adjuster and the protocols that are in place. Currently the congregation has rallied together to make the best of things, and we are worshiping in our new educational building fellowship hall. We are working out details to rent an additional building a couple of blocks away from the church property, to house the offices and some of the student ministries as well as an adult Sunday School class, so that when the work begins in the sanctuary, no one is exposed to the dangerous dusts and fumes of old plaster, mold, asbestos, etc. The insurance will pay for any transitional property we require as a result of being displaced, up to a certain dollar amount.

So that we communicate to the community that we will not be thwarted by this damage, we are moving forward with plans to remain active in our neighborhood in spite of this set-back. We are planning several block parties for the church neighborhood. The first is called "Slime Time" and is a back-to-school type carnival complete with bounce house, and many other fun booths. And later we will have another one called "Drive" that will be a cruise-in for collectible cars and motorcycles and for all of us who love looking at them. And we are starting a new children's ministry called "Big City Studio" on Sunday nights so that the neighborhood kids have a fun place to go each week.

Thanks for your continued prayers for us. Now our prayers go out to the ones who have been impacted by Hurricane Gustav.

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