Weekly Message - October 19
Progress At St. Matthew's! by Deacon Cindy
This past Monday afternoon I walked onto the St. Matthew's campus to attend a meeting and was greeted by the sounds of a bulldozer and crashing wood. Yes it is true, at last the beginnings of long awaited renovations are very much in evidence! The first stage of the renovations will involve demolition and removal of some of the older outbuildings, which have become dilapidated. Next will come the renovations of St. Matthew's Worship Hall and the Sanctuary, which this Fall will become the new home of River City Food Bank.
I have to say that seeing the now bare spot where the original office sat brought some nostalgia to me. I clearly remember the day in 2007 when I walked through that office door and started ministry at St Matthew's as a newly ordained deacon. Those were exciting days of very active reaching out to the people of the surrounding neighborhood. Many members of the St. Matthew's congregation were involved in serving in the Food Closet, Clothes Closet and Health Outreach ministries. People from other churches were involved too, especially St. Michael's, with close ties that continue today as strong as ever.
Over time things changed, the old ways were not sustainable, St. Matthew's was in need of new ways of carrying out ministries. That brings us to today. With the diocese's involvement and River City Food Bank's interest in helping to address the needs of the community, St. Matthew's is undergoing a transformation. (Hence the flying lumber as I arrived on Monday).
This renovation has taken a long time to get going- which is the way things often happen with such projects. Change does not ever come particularly easily and St. Matthew's has been no exception. At times, in spite of the promise the future holds, patience has worn thin, fear and nostalgia have sometimes interfered with moving forward. But now St. Matthew's is on the way. Fresh excitement is in the air. God is doing something new! I join with the people of St Matthew's in looking forward with great hope to what awaits.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together..." Ecclesiastes 3:1-5
St. Matthew's Community Dinners will continue during the transformation- next on June 26th. Volunteers’ welcome! Contact Deacon Cindy
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