Pentecost 4

“Jesus also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in the shade’”

(Mark 4:30-32).

There is a line in Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse that goes, “The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.” For nearly two years now, our Property Ministry Team, Finance Committee, and Leadership Board have been working closely with our architect to plan the timeline for our upcoming building renovation and addition project. We have spent huge amounts of time and energy carefully attending to each and every detail of the project. Everything in our work and planning was pointing to a July 1 start date. We have moved everybody out of their offices. We had scheduled the groundbreaking celebration for next Sunday, June 24. We had made plans to move all of our worship services to the Parish Life Center (PLC) beginning the week- end of June 30/July 1. But then . . . (here’s where the quote from Robert Burns’ poem comes in) . . . “The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew.”

If you’ve ever been involved in a building project, especially a building project of this size and scope, you know that things never go exactly as planned. That said, we have run up against an unexpected and unforeseen delay in our timeline and, therefore, have decided to postpone our groundbreaking celebration until we have a better sense as to when construction will actually begin. In addition, with the delay in construction, we will continue to worship in our current times and locations – 5:00 Saturday (Sanctuary); 8:00 Sunday (Sanctuary); 10:00 Sunday (Sanctuary); and 10:00 Sunday (PLC) – until the actual date has been set.

This coming week I will be send- ing a letter to the congregation explaining in detail the unexpected delay and what it means for our timeline moving forward. In the meantime, thank you for both your continued faithfulness and flexibility as we work together to grow in God’s mission for us to be and make disciples of Christ, in response to God’s grace! God continues to turn mustard seeds into majestic trees through the ministry of this congregation and
I continue to look expectantly toward the future God has in store for us!

In Christ’s Welcome +

Pastor Greg