September 2017

From Adult Sunday School Room to Welcome Center: What’s in a Name? A faded picture shows the Adult Sunday School Room in its heyday, filled with dense rows of chairs occupied by adults. Typically, a speaker, actors, or even an orchestra occupies the stage in front. It was a happy past, but we are not there anymore. The primary function of that large space (about 2,300 square feet) these days is to serve as a place to meet and greet one another and to welcome persons on their way to the sanctuary. It is often the place where people will form their first impressions of Calvary, both its people and its building. For these reasons, we have begun to refer to this space as the Welcome Center. The fourth of our wish prayers for Calvary is this: May our building be renewed for holy space and mission! In living out that prayer we have begun a series of improvements that will take us through the fall, winter, and into the spring. They include (1) repainting the Welcome Center … (2) making various improvements related to showing hospitality in the Welcome Center … (3) repainting the sanctuary (after addressing the source of the leaks that have caused peeling of paint) … and (4) reupholstering the pews. We will need donations of labor and donations of dollars along the way. In a small congregation like ours the most important port-of-entry is you! A personal invitation, a personal welcome, a personal engaging – only connect! As we make our space more welcoming, I hope you use this occasion to invite new persons to the work, study, and worship of Calvary. Pastor...

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