I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to update you on a couple of important things in the life of our church, to give you a sense of where we are heading in the coming year.
First of all, regarding the Hollywood theatre:
We continue to pursue a successful purchase of the theatre, and although we currently have the property under a contract to purchase, we have a number of hoops to jump through before that happens. Not the least, we need to raise $3.5 million! While this seems crazy for a church of our size, nevertheless, we do have a least that much in property investments. And last week at the member’s meeting we agreed unanimously to pursue a sale of the Bernice Gerard House on the open market, after attempts to sell to a ministry or another church have not been fruitful. To that end, the property is currently in the process of being listed by a Realtor.
In addition, we need to do our due diligence to ensure that the Hollywood can work for us as a worship space (with additional rooms for kids ministry, offices, etc) and that we can do the required renovations to the building to enable this. This involves getting a structural analysis of the building, architectural drawings, and various other inspections, to find out what we will need to update the space and to bring the building up to code (especially: how much it will cost to do this!), which all takes time and money.
The contract on the Hollywood expires on Sept 5th, so we have a very short window to get this due diligence work done: please be praying that all the various threads can come together in time - we need God to work some miracles here! We will be updating you as things progress.
Second, in regards to the future vision and the new name of our church:
After over a year of discussion and prayer, including a number of church-wide meetings, the elders are very close to establishing the new vision for the church, along with a new name, which will all be communicated very soon!
I am very excited about where we are headed. For the first time since the merge a couple of years ago, we have a clear picture emerging of our purpose and the goals that we will be working toward as a church.
With this in mind, over the coming months we will be essentially ‘re-planting’ the church around this new vision. While honouring our past and the many sacrifices of time and energy and money and passion that have been invested in the 25 years PGCC has existed on the westside (so young) - it is also time for us to move forward together to “lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of us” (Phil 3:12) for our community and for this city.
As I said a couple of Sundays ago: God has only just started with us, there is so much more ahead. But regardless of what the future holds, what is most important is that it glorifies our gracious Redeemer and King Jesus, for whose sake we work and pray, as I hope you will join me in doing. Psalm 124: “‘Had it not been the Lord… for our help is in the name of the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.”
Coming next: what kind of church do we want to be?