Sunday, June 20, 2010

Our Completed Church!

"Being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus."

And at long last, the good work of building our church has been completed.

We have a beautiful new temple!!



But for several weeks after the building was completed, it sat empty as we tried to work with the city's latest requirements. Because our property adjoins residential properties, the city wanted us to construct an 8 foot tall concrete wall all the way around. Not only would that wall be ugly, it would also be very expensive (did you know that a concrete fence costs upwards up $40K? yeah, it was news to us too!).



The building process has been infinitely more costly than expected, and although we'd passed all other inspections it most likely would be months before we could move into our new temple if we couldn't get approval for an alternate boundary. Thankfully our wonderful neighbors went to bat for us and the city agreed to a "living fence."



We planted the bushes the next day and we finally got our Certificate of Occupancy! So much blood, sweat and tears went into getting that little piece of paper...



Now it was time to transform this building into a church!



Last Saturday we said goodbye to the blank white walls and bare bamboo flooring. It was moving day!



No moving van...just many willing and able bodies and cars.



Bit by bit, it began to look like a real church.



Liturgical items found new homes.



The baptismal font arrived.





And, of course, we ladies set to work organizing the kitchen!



The next morning: our first Liturgy!



What a joy it was to see these moments performed with such majesty! The acoustics are absolutely incredible. Our little choir has never sounded better!



One drawback to a church with wonderful sound: you hear every. little. thing. Like little kid whispers and giggles and shuffling feet. Ooops!



The Liturgy continued, and it was time for Communion.



Our kids always line up for Communion in age order, and that perfect stair stepping height is a sweet sight! The kids all know their exact position in line.



After the dismissal, our first trapeza (coffee hour) was served up by Chef Dave. He makes a mean red lentil stew!



As for the hall, it's crowded cozy. We have already outgrown the space!



Nadia wasn't able to be there for our first Liturgy, but as soon as I picked her up we went straight to the church so she could see it.



For this weekend, the church was looking much more "church-y" with icons and vigil lamps hung. But I forgot my camera yesterday, so no pictures of that.

The building process has been infinitely frustrating with complications at every turn. Pretty much everything that could go wrong, did. Apparently God thought we needed to learn a LOT of patience!! But our labors have born fruit now, and we have a beautiful temple to worship in. Glory be to God!

18 comments:

Brittany said...

Oh, Christina! It is BEAUTIFUL! :) God is GOOD all of the time, and this is proof! Love the picture of Nadia...Just love it!

natalie said...

What a testiment to His goodness and perfect timing! I know the road was long and a bit painful, but isn't the reward sweet? Our church has suffered miserably during the past several (maybe even 5) years or so, but we see the goodness coming. We've hired a new preacher to start in August. All the tears and angst will be worth it to hear him preach the incredible gospel weekly and to see our church grow and heal.

Alicia said...

Oh, Christina, it's absolutely perfect! I am so happy for all of you!

Nina said...

Ooooo....looks like a trip to McKinney is in our future!

Josephus Flavius said...

Great photos. Added this blog to my reading list.

Maggie said...

How lovely! I know it was a long road, but it looks like it has certainly paid off!

Tisserand Family said...

Wonderful News! It is beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it!! I am sure that God will reward all the participants in the Holy Project. A Beautiful Church for Beautiful People. God Bless.

Aubrey said...

What a beautiful building! Congrats on "moving in day!"

Elaine A. said...

So glad to see that you are in your new church and it is beautiful! WOW! I pray you'll have many wonderful years of liturgy there...

Corey~living and loving said...

oh wow! what a wonderful thing to have accomplished. I can feel the joy in the photos. ♥ beautiful.

carrie said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! Wow. Congrats to you and your whole congregation and wishing you all many happy blessed days to come in your new beautiful space.

Jen said...

Congratulations!!! The church is beautiful. You can see the joy in Nadia's eyes. I love that.

Cara said...

Christina, you photos capture the true meaning of "church". The people and the community that come to celebrate under one roof. So glad it all coming together. God bless!

Anonymous said...

Glory to God for All Things, and may He grant you Many Years in your new home!!

That's a great space. Congratulations.

McDonel Photography Photo Blog said...

so happy for all of you. Beautiful church - great things will happen there.

Joanna said...

It is such a beautiful building. The excitement just bursts off the "page" while reading your post. What a wonderful community to go to bat for you about the boundry wall. Dont you just hate dealing with the city? Its always something....

Congratulations on the completion of your church. I love the certificate of comletion picture! :0)

Colleen said...

I'm slowly catching up on my blog reading... and I had to stop for a moment and just take in the beauty of the new church. I think I've scrolled up and down the post a dozen times now.

I'm so very happy to see the completion of this long project. May the walls of your new church see many many years of gatherings and services!