As we celebrate 91 years of existence as a congregation, we are also commemorating the conclusion of our current building expansion and renovation project. As I reflect upon the project, the story of how we got here comes to my mind.
The renovation project that began in 2018 was prompted by an event that occurred in November of 2015. On Saturday, November 28, 2015 I received a message with a photo of a hole in the ceiling over the pews near the elevator. Torrential rains and a bad spot in the roof combined to allow water to get into the building and pool over the “amen corner”. The sheetrock could not support that weight of the water and eventually came crashing down onto the pews. There was water damage to the floor and the pews. No amount of carpet cleaning could remove the stains.
Elsewhere in the auditorium we were getting runs in the carpet, dried gum, aging pews that were made in the mid-1900s when people weighed a lot less, and more stains on the pews that would not come out. The auditorium was in need of work. It needed more than just a touch up here and professional cleaning there. It needed a major renovation! Most of the signs were actually there before the ceiling collapsed, but that was really the tipping point. It was then when we said, “We have to do something!”
Second Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” In Christ, we don’t just get an update or an upgrade to the latest version of the same ole thing. We are totally new!
Are the signs already there signaling that your life needs to be renovated? Are there stains in your life that you have been ignoring? Are the things that used to work for you no longer working? Don’t wait until there is a collapse in your life. God’s cleansing and renewal are available now.
Minister Ross' creativity, wisdom, and insight have inspired community, church and corporate audiences throughout the United States.