We thought our window for erecting the second building on our currently approved site plan would end September 30. Instead, the town gave us an extension — their offer! Moreover, instead of us having to pay a bank for a line of credit, we could place the money in an interest bearing account with the town! This will keep the opportunity open until the Spring of 2013.
If we are not able to raise adequate funds by Spring, we will still be able to build the second building, but we will need to start all over again the lengthy and expensive process of obtaining approval for a site plan.
We need to raise $600,000 in the next six months. The widow’s mite and the wealthy person’s major gift (name a room or a floor in the new building) will both be gratefully received … as will the gift most of us are able to make. Can you help us build that residential center that will help change many lives?
Canon Mark spent several days recently at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia. He had several sessions with the church’s healing team (pictured below), giving them some advanced level teaching. He ministered at three services (Sunday morning and evening, Monday evening), and taught the combined adult Sunday School classes.
Team co-leader Judy Roberts emailed us to say, “People were sharing the many good things they took away from the weekend. Thanks for all of your great input and encouragement. There’s definitely a fresh wind of the Spirit here.”
Dr. John Harler noted that “Canon Mark’s teaching was very comprehensive and balanced, covering all aspects of healing. I particularly liked the talks on why we should believe in the power of Christ for today, and the talk on how our healing can be blocked by sin.”
St. Giles’ pastor, the Rev. Keith Hill, reflected, “Canon Mark has a great knack for adding both ardor and order to the healing ministry of a local church. Our ardor was boosted as we saw how God used him during the services. We would like to be so used ourselves. And our order for a comprehensive healing ministry was boosted as he taught. We now have a much better sense of how to organize this ministry for sustainable growth. Thanks, Mark!