Church of the Redeemer: Project New Garden Congregational Update
Volume 4, October 26, 2016–Contractor Hired & Closing Date
Hello Redeemer Church Family,
“A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Martin Luther wrote his famous hymn in the late 1520s to remind followers of Christ that our ultimate shelter, strength, and fortress is God himself. As we move closer to the purchase and renovation of New Garden Nursery’s airport-area retail building, it is wonderful to remind ourselves that the God of heaven and earth is our ultimate home and true fortress. By His grace, our earthly church home, which we are purchasing, will serve His glory and the needs of our congregation and the surrounding community.
After spending the summer planning, studying, raising funds, meeting, and reviewing contracts, Lord willing, Project New Garden will start to progress rapidly this fall. Below are some key dates for your prayer and thanksgiving purposes:
We are getting closer to the time when prayers, conversations, meetings, and planning will lead to rolling up our sleeves and beginning to build. The word “renovate” comes from the Latin word “renovo,” which means to make new (novo) again. While renovating a building and outdoor land is a physical act, it also parallels an inward act of the Holy Spirit, which God does in our hearts through His Son Jesus. We pray that each of our hearts, as members of Redeemer, will be open to the inward novo (italics) of the Holy Spirit in our lives, as well as rolling up our sleeves to serve in this tangible manifestation of renovation at New Garden Nursery.
If you have pledged to donate volunteer hours (or ‘sweat equity’) at New Garden Nursery, please expect a phone call or email soon to confirm your availability and discuss ways you would like to serve during the week. If you have pledged to support Project New Garden financially, thank you for your generous support. Please continue fulfilling your regular monthly, quarterly, or annual pledges, as these enable us to make the renovations necessary for worship and ministry. If you have not yet signed up to pray, serve, or give towards Project New Garden, please talk to our Parish Administrator, Jessie Meriwether, about ways you would like to be involved.
We deeply appreciate your involvement and are often reminded of Saint Paul’s teaching that we are all members of one body, the body of Christ. We pray that Project New Garden would be a concrete manifestation of that truth in the life of our church, as we use our gifts and talents to serve the Lord in numerous and joyful ways.
Grace & Peace,