The Courtyard Committee continues to move ahead with plans to finish First Presbyterian’s first outdoor space. Although the initial finish date was the end of this month, several issues slowed the project down. The delay, however, has provided some exciting new options.
Life on Court Square
I really enjoyed my vacation and one of the best parts of it was that I didn’t watch the news even once in a three week span. Oh, I read an occasional article or news story, but usually I just skimmed the highlights.
What is going on? In March, I asked it as we began facing the COVID-19 pandemic. And then, a few weeks ago, just as it seemed life was starting to head toward normal, I asked it again as racial divisions erupted across the country. What is happening? Why are we still grappling with racism? Why is there still so much pain and tension over race relations?
These last few months have been strange, yet I’ve been able to rest in God’s promises and sovereignty. I’ve been able to pause and know He is God. He is working out all things according to His plan and purposes. I’m thankful for the ways God has gotten my attention. One of those is highlighting injustices that have occurred throughout history.
During the Covid-19 crisis, the courtyard committee has continued work on our newly opened space adjacent to the church. After the building at 11 Court Square was demolished in March, the committee was able to fully assess the scope of the project, and courtyard construction will begin soon.
The Session, Worship Committee and staff have spent the past few weeks considering and praying about how to begin in-person worship again now that restrictions on groups are being loosened. We are glad to be at a place where we can share our plans.
We are grateful beyond measure for the gift you sent for food boxes for our grannies and orphans. Your gift helped us provide 24 boxes of food for our precious families in desperate need.
We recently sent funds to our sister congregation in Jimma, Ethiopia, to support them as they face the coronavirus. We received a letter from them with some photos of their people with the supplies they were able to obtain with the funds.
As we continue our sermon series, “While We Wait,” we want to give you practical takeaways. For Pastor Jon’s sermon about clothing those in need, we suggest two practical takeaways right here in our community.
As we navigate the realities of the coronavirus, First Pres has responded by following health officials’ guidelines to close our building to all groups of 10 or more. Pastor Jon wants to encourage you to be the church in the midst of the challenges.