Category Archives: Celebrate/Build

September 18th: The Official Dedication of The Learning Center

The Learning Center

The official dedication of our new Learning Center will take place on September 18, 2016!

Each week is a time of worship and celebration. Christ is risen indeed! But there are other moments when we are blessed to continue the prayers of thanksgiving in a unique way.

On Sunday, September 18 we will worship at only one time: 10AM.  Immediately following worship, we will have a brief dedicatory event for our new Learning Center. The dedication will take place inside the sanctuary due to the heat. We have invited guests to join our celebration: neighbors, our contractor, our architect, city officials, leaders of groups who meet here and others.

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Following the dedication, we will adjourn. Some may want to join us as we go to the Learning Center for prayers with water from the baptismal font, even as we did at the groundbreaking. There will be an opportunity for us to write our own prayers in a special way at the door of the Learning Center.

You may also choose immediately after our time in the sanctuary to go to the Parish Hall where there will be a celebratory luncheon.

The God of grace and mercy has blessed us in so many ways. Now is a time for celebration and thanksgiving. What a blessed day!

Read past news updates about the new Learning Center here!

-Pastor Joe-

The Learning Center Dedication Set for Fall 2016!

The Learning Center

The official dedication of our new Learning Center will take place in the Fall of 2016! We hope to have the certificate of occupancy from the City of Largo by the end of April. However, because the 2015-16 school year ends in early June, moving would not be wise. Nor would it be possible to move the furniture and materials and to prepare for Vacation Bible School by June 20.

Our Preschool has a summer camp for children throughout the summer, so when we make the move, we will need to do it very quickly. The moving date from what will be the Community Outreach Center (COC) will be Friday-Sunday, July 8-10. You will hear more about that project later.

The Learning CenterAnd speaking of later, the dedication of the Learning Center will be a day of celebration for us and, we hope, for the whole community. In order to prepare for a celebratory day, we need time to ensure that our rooms and hallways are complete with all bulletin boards and white boards, screens, cubbies and much more. We also need to prepare materials and extend invitations to all our friends to join us for this day.

Once details are finalized we will publish details. Along the way if you want to walk through to see the progress, there will be opportunities. Please do so. God has indeed blessed us with so many opportunities to serve in the name of Christ. The future (and to be sure, the Lord is in the future) will bring many more. Let us pray and open ourselves to the Spirit’s leading.

-Pastor Joe-

The New Learning Center

And now that the parking lot is beginning to look like its new normal, you may also be wondering about the new Learning Center (LC). By the time you receive this newsletter, the LC will be very close to completion. Of course, the City will weigh in with inspections, and we don’t know how long that will take.

But since school isn’t out until June 7th and Vacation Bible School begins June 20th, we may not be able to make the move from the Community Outreach Center (COC) to the LC until July. And there are many more issues to consider as we plan some refurbishing work for the COC.

A Transition Task Group with several teams will now oversee the transition of our campus when the construction process is complete. Former Council president, Charlie Salemi, will lead this effort with the help of MANY of us along the way. Our goals are to make the transition of children’s ministries from one building to the other; landscape the old playground area to be a welcoming center of the campus; and to carry out much needed cosmetic refurbishment to the COC.

THANK YOU for all your patience and encouragement as we have watched our God-given resources transformed before our eyes. We do not yet have a date for dedication, but we will make sure EVERYONE knows as soon as we are able to set that time.

Celebrate/Build – February 2016

Well on our way!

On Sunday, February 21st just after an afternoon workshop, the Congregation Council and staff walked through the new Learning Center. Metal studs framed the classrooms, breaker boxes are mounted. LOTS of insulation covers the roof with even more on the way. Duct work runs from one end to the other. Between worship times on that morning, the whole congregation wrote prayers and passages on sheet rock that will be mounted in the interior very soon.

Once the good folk of Reno Building were turned loose by the City of Largo late November, the construction effort took off. In a meeting with the City we were able to obtain some concessions for the numbers of bicycle racks and some landscaping required. Regardless, we still are being required to do much more to our campus that originally thought. Still, though, we are excited about what is coming.

Capital Appeal Update

What blessings God gives! While we do not yet have a completion date, we are excited to see the progress and look forward to that time. As soon as we have a date, we will publicize a time of gathering for dedication. Let us continue in our prayers for workers’ safety, for wisdom in our decision-making at each step of the way and for discernment of God’s guiding Spirit in all things – that ALL we do, be to the glory of God.

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Thanks be to God for all of the gifts that have been making this work happen! Many of us have completed our pledges.

Some of us are still giving each week and month and will continue for some time. Each gift allows us to meet and even to exceed our goal, and so lower our costs in the future. Thank you.

Yes, Construction Has Begun!

Now the PoP campus is ringing in the New Year with the “beep, beep” of heavy equipment digging trenches for drains and smoothing over the new entrance into the parking lot. Construction has begun! By the time you receive this newsletter, fencing around the site should be up, requiring us to take the new routes in and out of the campus.

Week by week we will see progress as the building rises out of the ground. Even though our back-and-forth with the City of Largo meant that we began the effort five months later than expected, it is truly an exciting way to end 2015 and leap into 2016!

Capital Appeal Update

Thanks be to God for the gifts that continue to come so steadily each month. We hope to continue that giving and even exceed the pledged amount, so that we may lessen the mortgage in the long run. If you are able to continue in this effort even after you reach your personal goal, thank you!

December Celebrate Chart Update

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November Celebrate/Build News Update

Hurrah! We have a permit from the City of Largo so that we can begin construction! In mid-October, we received final approvals. One week later, John Sandeen and Kent Zoller met with representatives of Reno Building, our construction manager, to discuss many final details before construction commences. Already, we have received savings on contracts that were issued for bid.

At the same time, Kim Adams of the Finance Team received word from Thrivent Financial and the ELCA Mission Investment Fund regarding the loan that we will require to complete the work. Because the loan terms with Thrivent are move favorable (a 20-year loan that does not require a change in terms), the recommendation to Council is to go with Thrivent.

Capital Appeal Update

Our current Building Fund balance from the Capital Appeal is $745,778 – all received since July, 2014. We hope to exceed the $911,421 pledged amount in order to reduce our financing costs. Thank you for your steady, faithful gifts toward this ministry.

REMEMBER: When construction begins, parts of our parking lot will be fenced off for the work. You will be receiving a letter and drawing via mail that will guide us for parking and access to our buildings. Thanks much to Chris Sheppard for his skillful drawing that will help us all.

Once again, the places where we meet and eat, worship and serve here at PoP were built by the grace of God and through the faithful efforts of brothers and sisters who came before us. God provided in their days when ministries in Christ were active, and God continues to provide for us as we seek the Lord and the Lord’s way in our lives together.