As we move closer and closer to the end of the liturgical year (next weekend “Feast of Christ the King”), we will be hearing readings that deal with the end times or Eschatology (the study of the end times). We will hear some pretty dire warnings, threats and predictions. While Jesus is reminding us that there will be a time when the world will not exist, he is certainly not asking us to sit hopelessly worrying about the calamity this is coming, eventually.
Remember Jesus wants us to have complete joy and also that our lives are a gift. The point of Jesus’ life is to show us, teach us exactly how to have that joy filled life. The way to that joy filled life is by living as Jesus asks us to live. When we live this way, the end times need not be so frightening or threatening. We will all face our own personal end times, long before the earth goes away. In the same way, we can face our own end time, with an equal amount of confidence and certitude, the more we are able to live as Jesus asks us.
Clearly the construction on the parking lot has begun. The timeline for this initial step of our overall project is to, hopefully expand and pave the main parking lot. At the same time, grading of the land in the back of the church will be underway and in time, additional parking will be made available on this new parking area. This expanded parking lot will initially be gravel, but in time as the rest of the project nears completion, it will paved as well.
As you can see, we have officially begun the work of our capital campaign, however the plan now is to only construct the new entrance, some parking and new restrooms. It would be disappointing if we were not able to raise the rest of money needed to complete the church hall. The reality of this long awaited, much desired church hall has begun. It would be a shame to be forced to stop our progress, with just the new entrance and restrooms.
Rev. James Kirby