From Alex’s Study
In the 13th century, there lived a German theologian, philosopher, and mystic by the name of Meister Eckhart. Here is a paraphrase of one of his famous sayings:
“If all you ever say is THANK YOU, that will be enough.”
THANK YOU for the faithfulness and wonderful responsiveness to the recent Stewardship Campaign that provides the resources for loving and serving God in downtown Richmond and throughout the world. THANK YOU – the church family - for your generous commitments and care, which allow us to expand our mission efforts and enable us to be a beacon of light for Christ.
At the January Session meeting, we adopted a Budget for our Mission and Ministry for this year - 2017. That budget grows our mission and outreach, provides for our worship, strengthens our Christian Education, maintains our wonderful facility, supports our staff, and more. We continue to strive to be a beacon of light and love, joy and justice in this city and throughout the region. We look forward to worshiping and serving together.
THANK YOU too for the congregation’s continuing faithfulness in support of our “SHINING THE LIGHT OF GOD’S GRACE” Campaign. You can read an update in this Newsletter about our progress toward our $5 million goal. We can all be encouraged that we are moving forward very well.
As we strive to SHINE THE LIGHT OF GOD’S GRACE brighter in Richmond, THIS MONTH we will begin to see and experience some of the inconvenience of this work on our worship and ministry. As you may recall, a key piece of this campaign is the refreshment of our wonderful and historic Sanctuary. Across the coming Sundays, workers will be installing new HVAC equipment in our Chapel and Sanctuary. This is a major effort requiring cranes to install large equipment. Last summer’s problems, when the air conditioning was lost, remain a fresh memory. This initial work on the HVAC system will be done in two steps – first the Chapel and then the Sanctuary. In each step, there will be no heat available. So we are making arrangements to hold Chapel activities in the Dining Room, and then shift our worship into the Chapel for two Sundays in February – February 4 and 11, which will be YOUTH SUNDAY. Thanks for your patience and understanding. As the familiar signs confirm – “pardon the inconvenience, we are making improvements for our future.” The HVAC is just the first step toward wonderful refreshment of our historic Sanctuary.
Most of the work on the Sanctuary will begin in May and last, we hope, for 3-4 months. During this time, we will worship in the Chapel. Scaffolding will fill the Sanctuary space. The sprinkler system has to be re-furbished. The walls will be painted. The hammer beams will be cleaned. New lighting will be installed. New upholstery will be added to the pews, and more. We are lining up all of this work in these days.