We haven’t posted here in a long time. It’s been nice to sit back and just enjoy our new building. BUT we’re not quite done. In the background, workers have been continuing to build. Still to come is a courtyard, a fellowship hall, a big kitchen, several classrooms, a prayer chapel, even a laundry room. Here are some pictures of what’s been going on during the past three months since we moved in.
We had a wonderful worship experience in our new church on Palm Sunday — our very first regular worship service there. (We had a special service on Christmas Eve.)
We took far too many pictures. Most of them were taken during our coffee hour after the service.
Photos from today aren’t quite as colorful and fun as yesterday’s . . . but how amazing that almost everything arrived in the new church by noon! This was thanks in large part to our construction crew, who changed job descriptions for a day and became movers.
People are now working hard to unpack and get everything in place for our Palm Sunday service. We know we’ll have plenty of kinks to work out — but the move starting out well.
Here’s the almost empty old building:
On March 22, we celebrated six years worshiping in our rented storefront church building that has served us so well. It was full to the brim — a great reminder of why we embarked on this adventure of building a new church. We will particularly miss the lovely garden in the back where we almost always had our between-services coffee hours. But there’s not much need for nostalgia when we consider how graciously and miraculously God has provided for our new building.
Here are photos of what went on.
It’s finally happening . . . the big move is on. Our last service in the old, rented building is tomorrow. Everyone we know who has a truck is coming to help move the furnishings on Monday at 9 a.m.
So, if you’re planning to be with us for Palm Sunday, Easter — or any event after tomorrow — we’ll see you in our new church home!
The workers have been painting — and it’s looking amazing! Many of the light fixtures have been installed. And progress is being made on the other part of the building — where we’ll have the fellowship hall, kitchen, classrooms and more.
The new church isn’t finished yet — but we had a WONDERFUL time in our new sanctuary this Christmas Eve. It was a full house. There were a few small snags — a couple of screeches from the sound system and a lighter for the advent wreath that ran out of butane. But that sort of thing is to be expected our first time in a new space. The children’s pageant was charming. And we have far too many pictures we want to post!
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this event happen!
You can get your own sneak preview of the developments at Lakeside Presbyterian’s new church building on Christmas Eve, December 24, at 1 p.m.!
Construction won’t be fully completed — but we have walls, floors, a roof, electricity and functional bathrooms. What else could we possibly want? (Oh yes . . . we’ll bring in some chairs.)
Christmas Eve is always one of our most popular services. We sing carols. We worship together. And we enjoy a beautiful children’s Christmas pageant. There will also be a Spanish-language service at 3 p.m.
If you click on the map below, you’ll be able to get directions to our new building (as well as our current building that’s a few blocks to the west).
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.