Every Friday morning at 10 a.m. for the next several weeks, Pastor Ross will present the lectures he gave as a World Religions expert on recent Windstar Cruises. His talks give a context to the history and religion of the Ancient Near East that continue to have an impact on our world today.
December 5— Faith and Culture in the Ancient Near East
December 12— Birthplace of Empires
December 19— Mysteries of the Nabateans
January 2— Alone in the Desert: Christian Monasticism
January 9— Moses and the Crossing of the Red Sea
January 16— Children of Abraham
January 23— Alexander the Great and Hellenism
January 30— The Crusades
February 6— Lawrence of Arabia and the Allied Victory
February 13— Introduction to Islam
February 20— History, Culture and Conflict in the Mid–East
Since this series is going so far out into the future, dates may change. We’ll keep you posted here.
Hope to see you there!
The tower is up. And we’re getting wired for electricity. Exciting times! The first picture is the tower support — then, with the help of a crane — it got lifted on top of the building and now looks like a real church tower.
Thanks to everyone who made the contributions to get the roof on the church. It was installed a week ago. Once the money was in, everything went very quickly.
We’ve ordered the remainder of the roofing materials — thank you for your generous donations! — but they haven’t arrived quite yet. In the meantime, the workers have been plastering. They’ve also been working on the tower, creating a framework for its support.
We’ve shown you lots of building pictures lately, but not a lot of people. And, of course, the church is really the people, not the building! So we’ve put some people pictures from this past Sunday in this post, too.
While we’re waiting for the rest of the roofing materials to be manufactured and delivered, other jobs are being worked on.
(Speaking of the roof . . . don’t forget that we have a deadline on our matching gift that will help us finish the roof and more. If you give before the end of July 2014, the amount will be doubled — up to $25,000 USD! More info here.)
From Pastor Ross Arnold:
I reported to the church some weeks ago that gifts for the new building were sufficient to complete the most costly and challenging part of our church building project – installation of the roof over the sanctuary.
Unfortunately, this has proven not to be the case. Costs to get the walls ready to receive the new roof have been far higher than expected. This means we are now running at least $15,000 USD short of the funds needed to complete the roof.
The elders of our Session – the senior leaders in our church – have approved taking money from our contingency reserve as needed to pay construction costs – up to a point. But with regular expenses to take care of, you can understand our reluctance to do so right now.
There is some very good news in the midst of this need!
One very generous couple in our church has offered to give up to $25,000 USD to finish the roof of the new church and to meet other expenses, if necessary. Understandably, however, they want to encourage others in our congregation and community to also give. For that reason, instead of an outright gift, they are offering to MATCH all gifts that come in for our new church building over the next two months, up to $25,000.
This means every $50 gift given now for the new church will be matched and will become $100; every $100 gift will become $200.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to push forward on our new church, and to ensure all our other needs are met – because it will mean no funds will need to be redirected from our church contingency fund to pay commitments we have made related to the new church roof.
We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity and give generously now. Just click this Donate button to get started:
When you click, you’ll be taken to a secure site hosted by PayPal.com. You can use your credit card, debit card or checking account to donate in US dollars, Canadian dollars, Mexican pesos or any other currency.
When PayPal asks you to “Please review your donation,” under the name Presbyterian Lakeside Ministry, click “Add special instructions to the seller” and tell us this gift is for the Building Matching Fund.
Remember, every gift you give before the end of July will be doubled!
If you give by check or in an offering envelope at church, please make sure you note that your gift is for the new church building so it will be clear which gifts are eligible for the match.
God has done and continues to do great things – miraculous things – in and through our church, and I believe our greatest days are still ahead. But challenges will arise, and God expects us to step up and meet those challenges. This is our opportunity to do just that. Please give generously.
The work on the roof continues this week. We were hoping to beat the rainy season — but the rains have come early. No matter. We’re still making a lot of progress. And the area needs the extra rain!
The roof beams are already in place! That was fast. Here are a couple pictures from last week and yesterday.
While we’re waiting for the roofing material to arrive, lots of progress is being made on the south side of the building: digging out for plumbing and sewage. Exciting!