Thank you to everyone who attended our Townhall meeting on January 12. This past Sunday we also had a Business meeting for our congregation. The Townhall allowed our Facilities Team to share their research about finding new Cornerstone facilities. This team is made up of Stephen Malacko, Brent Miller, David Caswell, Darlene Unrau, Markus Czech, and Michele Anderson.
We received notice at the end of November that our lease at Maple Woods would end by January 31, 2020. But just a few days ago our lease was extended so that can continue to have our office and worship service at Maple Woods until March 31, 2020.
First, we need to find a space to hold Sunday worship services. Secondly, we need a “Monday-to-Saturday” space. A “ministry center” would provide for reception, administration, meetings, and classes during the week. We believe it is vital that we have such a presence in Albion and area. In addition to thinking about our short term need for facilities, we are also considering the future. Various properties and innovative funding model are being explored. We will also seek out financial help that may be available from our Fellowship Baptist family.
On January 22 we had a packing party to stow away items that we do not need in the sort term. That same day our Leadership Team distilled the information provided by the Facilities Team. As a result, the decision was made to recommend to the congregation that we move our worship service to Websters’ Corners Elementary School. We will also be focusing on potential properties in the immediate vicinity. Our target date to begin meeting for worship service at WCES is April 5.
Of course, we need your prayer support in this time of transition. Additionally, we already have a facilities fund in place for anyone who wishes to specifically donate towards immediate or long term facilities costs. We are still in need of storage space, providing we do not find a ministry center space by the end of March. Another thing that you can to is be in encouraged! This journey has opened up good conversations in the community, encouragement from ministry partners, and sense of optimism in our congregation.
Let’s remember God’s promise from Isaiah 55:12 – “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Please speak with one of the members of the Facilities Team if you have any input or questions.