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:

  1. On October 8th, our Shepherd Team selected a contractor after a competitive four-week bid process. Wolfe Homes had the best bid and was unanimously selected as Redeemer’s General Contractor for the New Garden Nursery renovation process. Jim and Alice Wolfe were two of the original supporters of the Project New Garden vision nearly seven years ago, so it’s a joy to see Wolfe Homes take the lead on this project.
  2. On October 9th, we had a congregational Town Hall Project New Garden update immediately following our Sunday service. Alan Hawkins and Elijah Lovejoy shared a detailed report on the ministries that will use New Garden Nursery and our plans for renovation.
  3. On November 7th, we plan to close on Phase One of New Garden Nursery’s property and take possession of the land. Patrick Lineberry will be serving as our closing attorney and Scott Vosburgh has done a phenomenal job bringing us to the point of closing as our realtor for this project.
  4. Shortly after our November 7th closing, we plan to begin regular workdays on the property for all levels of skill and time. Members of Redeemer have collectively pledged to donate approximately 80 hours of volunteer labor per week. Both families and individuals are welcome to come out and serve. A Park/Farm Team has already formed, consisting of Nate Peachey, Sally Miller, MacEntyre Allen, Gayla Renslow, Canain Stanley, Mikey Fissel, Fred May, Noah West, Patrick and Gia Lineberry, Ben Lewis, Jason and Sara Dickey, Andrea Dalporto, Ben Wall, and others have been meeting to plan next steps for beautification, agriculture, and recreation beyond our Sunday morning worship.
  5. At the same time, our architect, civil engineer, and contractor are all working with the city to get approval for our site plan, architectural review, and building permits. In a best-case scenario, we hope to begin construction by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017.
  6. Lord willing, we will receive a certificate of occupancy and begin worship in our renovated New Garden Nursery space sometime in the summer of 2017. June 2017 would be an ideal goal.

A preliminary layout of the new sanctuary.

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,

Elijah Lovejoy, Executive Pastor
Lee Williams, Senior Lay Leader
Jeff Whitworth, Junior Lay Leader