Project New Garden: Building a New Church

During a recent children’s December 2016 Advent program at Church of the Redeemer (Greensboro, NC) in the Diocese of Christ Our Hope, our children’s ministry performed a song by Rain for Roots called “It’s Hard to Wait.”  The slow gently aching song reminds its hearers that waiting is hard, but a time of fulfillment is coming.

After six months of planning, meetings, fundraising, permits and contracts, we began renovating our new church building the first week of 2017.  Action has begun. Waiting for construction to start is over.  Our general contractor, Wolfe Homes, will be adding three main areas to the former New Garden Nursery facility to prepare our future worship space—a warming kitchen, a lobby area and new bathroom expansion to bring the building up to code.  Simultaneously infrastructure work is also underway on a new larger HVAC system, electrical wiring, plumbing and a 6000 square foot modular installation for our youth and children’s ministries.  Take a look at the pictures below to see renovation work in progress.

We’ve also been blessed by motivated volunteers from Redeemer and beyond who have come out to paint, build picnic tables, stack brick pavers and unload new sanctuary chairs.  We’ve had two work days thus far and are planning a third in February.  At our last December volunteer work day, a ministry from Statesville, NC called Grill for God came out and grilled hot dogs and hamburgers to provide all the volunteers a free lunch.  Check out the pictures from our last work day below.

While our building renovations are well underway our Park Farm Executive Team, consisting of Nate Peachey, Sally Miller, Alan Hawkins & Elijah Lovejoy, are also in the beginning stages of developing a Park-Farm Master Plan.  We hope the plan will lay the groundwork for members of the congregation to take initiative on farm oriented projects.  Already we have proposals to use our two hoop house, an aquaponics system, potential bee keeping and other ideas on the horizon.

On both our worship building renovations and our Park-Farm vision, movement is now happening.  We hope to start planting in our hoop houses as early as this spring and our move in date for starting worship is June 2017.  If you would like to volunteer at an upcoming work day or you are interested in being part of our Park-Farm Team, please contact Elijah Lovejoy or Alan Hawkins.  We would be happy to point you in the right direction and give you the information needed to get involved.  Thank you for your prayers, generosity and support.  May God continue to lead us into his purposes for this place.

Click here to see photos from the building project.

A Call to Prayer for Immigrants, Refugees, and Government Leaders

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As a province that spans Canada, the United States, and Mexico we face unique challenges on issues affecting refugees and immigration. I am thankful for our congregations that are a part of the Anglican Immigrant Initiative. They have taken the lead in caring for those in our communities who are refugees and immigrants, showing the love of Christ to the most vulnerable.

This week, I encourage you to follow their example, and make a special effort to reach out to refugees and immigrants in your local community.  In these divisive times, we have the opportunity to demonstrate a compassion that builds bridges, and overcomes fear.

In our province we also have lawmakers who face a different, but related set of challenging moral issues.  As public servants, they are called to carefully discern how best to respond to the global humanitarian need while also maintaining the appropriate role of government in protecting its citizens. There are no easy answers to how our nations should balance these priorities, and our leaders need your prayers.

In light of the Syrian refugee crisis, changes in US immigration policy, and the way these changes will affect us all, I ask you to join me in prayer.  Please pray for the poor, the refugee, and all immigrant families whose lives are made more complex, and sometimes more desperate by these events.  Please also join me in praying for all those in positions of public trust who seek wisdom in the formation of the laws and policies of our respective governments.

A Collect for Refugees and Immigrants:
Heavenly Father, 
from whom every family on earth derives its name, 
have mercy on all those who sojourn in this world.
As you sheltered your Son Jesus 
who fled from the tyranny of Herod,
so now provide new homes for all those who flee the violence of this age
that they may know the peace of Christ.
Grace your people with hearts of welcome and lives of courage
through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.


A Collect for Government Leaders:
O Lord our Governor, whose glory fills all the world: We commend our nations to your merciful care, that we may be guided by your Providence, and dwell secure in your peace. Grant to Justin, Prime Minister of Canada, Donald, President of the United States, and Enrique, President of Mexico, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them continually mindful of their calling to serve the people in reverent obedience to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

 

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America

 

 

Archbishop Beach Commissions New Missional Initiative

If the church is not on mission, it is not itself. 

Archbishop Foley Beach has commissioned a new gospel task force to help reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. The Telos Collective: Anglicans at the Intersection of Gospel and Culture, is a small, strategic alliance of the best missional minds in The Anglican Church in North America who will gather each year to think, plan and dream about reaching the culture for Christ.

Archbishop Beach asked missional thought leader Bishop Todd Hunter of the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others to found and lead the Telos Collective, with the goal of catalyzing a theologically faithful and contextually compatible response to 21st century culture.

“I am burdened for a culture that, by and large, has turned away from God,” Archbishop Beach says. “My desire is to mobilize the Anglican church to be part of the solution—to be on mission in contemporary culture. We have a unique voice, a deeply sacramental, missional tradition, and a rootedness that our nation desperately needs.”

The Telos Collective will build on the impact of previous ventures like Anglican 1000, which helped to shape a new culture and gave new language and metrics to The Anglican Church in North America. With God’s help, The Telos Collective will further renew the Anglican Church with the confidence and tools it needs to turn outward—to be re-missioned and re-sent into the world to joyfully make disciples.

Last week Bishop Hunter issued an invitation to leaders from each diocese in the province to participate in the Telos Collective. At the College of Bishops meeting, he asked for each bishop’s help and support to recruit the missional leaders who can best serve the province.

“It’s about being change agents, simultaneously listening to your church community as well as the non-churched community around you,” Hunter says. “How do you get those two things in fruitful conversation without compromising the gospel or the core of Anglicanism?”

That issue will be central to the annual Intersection Conference, an intensive “missional greenhouse” where Telos Collective leaders will receive specialized training in a collaborative setting. The first conference is slated for May 18-20, 2017. Upon being nurtured and trained, leaders will return to their churches and communities and continue the missional conversation through Learning Communities, groups of lay people or clergy who meet periodically to share ideas and missional strategies on a local level.

Any Anglican leader can apply to attend an Intersection Conference, but Bishop Hunter is specifically seeking people who think like missionaries, who are committed to using every strategy at their disposal to reach 21st century North Americans for Christ. If you’re wondering about these things, and striving to find solutions for contemporary mission, you’re invited to apply to attend the Intersection Conference and join the important work of the Telos Collective: Anglicans at the Intersection of Gospel and Culture.