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February 07, 2013
Where two or three are gathered in my name . . . Matthew 18:20

I have been having many discussions with my congregation lately about "the four walls" of the building we have called church for some years. So I asked: "Where is the church?" and while many can quickly reply "It's where we are," does not mean they are so willing to give up the comforts of home.

So many of us have had to adjust and readjust in our personal lives. We've had to move from homes we have been so attached to; we've had to move from friends and family, schools and communities that have been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember, and it is all a huge, stressful adjustment, especially if we don't adapt well to change.

However, sometimes these moves, adjustments and changes can be so very exciting if we choose to allow them to be.

So yes, Grace United Church of Christ is moving from the place it has stood since 1936; 1175 Lakepointe at Kercheval. The strange truth is the church is more popular now than ever and everyone is concerned for the congregation. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and well wishes.

The congregation has changed, the community is ever changing and what is happening in the Park is keeping in step with all these changes. It is all so very exciting!

Think about the excitement new life brings to a family, a community, a church.

We are all so blessed to live in such a place, for such a time as this, especially the congregation of Grace UCC, and I might add for the other places of worship in the area, also.

So we are moving from the corner of Lakepointe and Kercheval to the corner of Mack and Nottingham. We hope to open a little coffee-house ministry, and hope to have it open Monday through Sunday.

We are excited at the prospect many of you will want to come in Mondays through Saturdays and have a cup of coffee while you chat with whomever you think of as your higher power, your God.

We will still have Sunday worship services, and if you visit our Lakepointe location before we officially move, you will get a glimpse of what it might/could look like. We no longer use the sanctuary, but sit in the fellowship hall with tables and chairs and we drink coffee, maybe eat a muffin or fruit and listen to scripture, music and the word. It is intimate and we all love it because it fits so well.

The new location will still have our solid children's ministry for infants to fifth grade, and our awesome teen ministry for those middle school and high school age children.

I invite you to celebrate with us at our Lakepointe location at 10:30 a.m. Sundays until we move.

Oh, how I pray that you can be as excited as we are.

Oh, how I pray you will be able to make your way to Mack and Nottingham with your family to visit and support our efforts.

Oh, how I pray you will choose to support the efforts of those who are continuing to make the needed changes to give you a viable community to live in.

We have a beautiful community. Let us all gather in his name and support it.

I thank everyone who has worked with us, nurtured and supported us through this transition. For us, this task is not easy, but our burdens are lighter because of all of you. You are in our prayers forever.

The Lord says, "Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth: will you not be aware of it?" Isaiah 43:19a NASB

Fairrow is minister at Grace United Church of Christ.

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