If patience is a virtue, Welcome Table is a very virtuous congregation! The question of the day is: “What’s happening with the building project?!” And the answer is: “Different things on different fronts, none as fast as we’d like, but we’re moving in the right direction.” The pace of completing the final items on the “To Do” list before signing loan documents and the builder contract has been grindingly slow (like the downtown “Bertha” tunnel project—ouch). But, truly, the process “is what it is.” This tunnel has a light at the end and we hope to break ground around Pentecost (June 8th ). So mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate!
Huge thanks are due the Building Team—Al Terry, Kathy Coggins, Carl Guess, and Ron Wong—for their efforts to faithfully attend the numerous details and interlocking and moving pieces of the project puzzle while trying to balance the rest of their lives. And many thanks to all who consistently pray for the building team, the board and the church—it really helps.
In the middle of April, our land was appraised and initial projections indicate the value has almost returned to the price we paid in 2009. Good news, indeed! As I write, final negotiations are under way regarding a payment process for project costs, and Doug Baer, our contractor, will soon wrap up another project and be free to start our building.
Meanwhile, details on our second Capital Campaign are being worked out and will be unveiled shortly. Funds raised will finance building furnishings and equipment such as the labyrinth, baptistery, sound system, acoustics, office furniture, a third bathroom, kitchen, signs, tables and chairs, etc. So, dear friends, stay tuned and contemplate this final thought on patience: But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:25) Also check out the teaching on patience by Lao Tzu Te Ching on the back of this newsletter!