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    The building continues to take shape and substance at an amazing rate. Looking at the building, you can see distinct floors and a roof. The building’s form and style are becoming more and more apparent, much like an artist whose work is slowly revealed as it comes nearer and nearer to completion.

    Here are some highlights of the building process. There are further developments and preparations for the roof. The building’s trim was begun, the building’s parking lots, driveways, and drainage are continuing to be developed. If you go to see the property, the parking lot looks amazing. Electricians have installed the concrete bases for light poles so, not only is the parking area stylish, it will be well lit. One of the most exciting things this week is that the lower level floor is poured and wall framing has begun! You can actually start to visualize the floor plan layout.

    In the title song from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang there is a line that describes the great flying car, it says. “You’re sleek as a thoroughbred; your seats are a feather bed, you’ll turn everybody’s head today. You’re more than spectacular, to use the vernacular, you’re wizard, you’re master, you’re keen.” We are all hoping the seats will be as soft as a feather bed, but the rest of this particular lyric pretty much sums up our new home. The building is sleek. People are paying attention as we build, the building is “turning heads.” When the building is finished, it will be something that will be wizard and master and keen.

    In The Book of Genesis chapter one verse 27, it says, “So God created man in his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.” Being created in the image of God, we are also by definition, creators. We all create things in our own way. Do you cook your meals? You then participate in the act of creating. When you arrange the furniture in a room, you are creating. Decorating a Christmas tree is a creative act. Anything at all that you design, work on, and maintain is a creative act. Creating things is an imitation of the work of God. As we continue to go forward with our new home, we participate with God in creating something new. A place that will be warm and inviting, a place where a stranger can come and feel welcome, a place where God’s children will gather to learn about God, to love God, and to pass that love on to others. The place we are creating together is ultimately a creative act of love.

    Together towards a New Home!

    (post written by Mike Roberto)
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    It is an amazing sight to look at the building being formed on the Bethel Road Campus. The building now has a shape. You can see how the roof will look and the division of the floors. The concrete for the first level floor has been poured, and the lower level has been prepped, and concrete will soon be poured into place there as well. These are exciting times.

    Back in the 1960s, probably 1965, Walt Disney was on his property in Florida. Some of the land had been cleared, and some construction had begun, but not much. The layout for what would become Walt Disney World had been figured out. Walt knew where Cinderella Caste would be. He knew where the Polynesian Resort would be and knew where the Contemporary Resort would be. He hired a crane that would be able to go 14 stories high, the height of the Contemporary Resort. He had the crane brought to the sight of The Contemporary. The crane had a bucket attached to it, and Walt and a companion were lifted up to the 14 story height. From there it was reported that Walt used his imagination to see Cinderella Castle, Main Street, Adventure Land, Tomorrow Land and all the other places that would become his Magic Kingdom. He spent the time pointing all of this out to his friend. His friend spent the time trying not to show Walt how freaked out he was over the height.

    If you go to The Bethel Road Campus and drive up to the old building, you can be like Walt. You can stand by the entrance to our original place of worship. From this point, you look at the new building and use your imagination. You can see where the lobby or narthex will be and then picture the doors leading into the sanctuary. From there you can imagine the rows of seats, or pews, maybe angled in a V-shape away from the front platform or just straight rows. If you continue using your imagination, you may be able to see the first bride walking down the aisle, or, perhaps, the first parents walking up to the front with infants in their arms to be dedicated to God. If you stay with this long enough, you will see the whole life of the church played out before your eyes in our new home.

    In 28 more Sundays, we will move into our new home. There is much anticipation and delight as we look forward to that day. Many of us are discussing what this home will be like. We imagine the new possibilities of ministry that can happen when we have our own home. When you live in an apartment, your choices on how to use that space are limited to what your landlord will allow or can allow. When you move into a place that belongs to you, your choices are only limited by your imagination. This is truly something to look forward too. This is a new kind of freedom for our church family.

    This past Sunday, May 21, Eric spoke to us about the community watching the building go up. The outside world is wondering what the “new neighbors” will be like? Even now we make a good impression. Look at how clean and neat our sight is. Nothing is spilling into the street. There has been little to no disruption in traffic. The property is being well maintained even before the building is a reality. ValleyPoint has a long tradition of treating neighbors well, and that tradition continues.

    Eric also spoke on Sunday about our need to “Move In Well.” Moving into to new place takes a lot of thought. We know what the outside is shaped like, what will the inside be? There are decisions to be made. When you build a new house, and you are getting ready to move in, there are a thousand choices to be made. What color will the walls be painted? What kind of furniture to buy for all the rooms? Then there are the appliances, the stove, the oven, the washer and dryer, the sinks and yes the toilets all have to be chosen.

    For us, many of the decisions are the same. We need to choose furniture and color; we need to buy appliances, only our appliances are a bit more technical and will include a sound system, lights, video screens and equipment, and the necessary computer software and hardware to run them. We are also putting emphasis on some main rooms that function in important ways for our church community.

    When we move into our new home, we won’t have much time to be ready for guests. The guests may arrive with us, so all must be ready on moving day. To make this happen, it will take our time, our talent and our resources.

    Eric asked us to pray and to open our hearts and be generous with our resources. To truly “Move In Well” we need to raise $150,000. We can do this. Just as moving into a new home allows us the opportunity to sacrifice to have the things we will need to live in our home, we have the same opportunity here. This opportunity is to make our common home a place of beauty, a welcoming place, so all who come will know, just on entering the door that they are in a good, friendly and safe place.

    This week’s challenge is to pray about what you can give to make our new home the most welcoming place in the neighborhood. Please pray about what you can give. If you can’t give, pray that all the resources will become available to us. We all have a vital role to play in the building of our new home. The most critical role of all is being people who pray.

    Take a few minutes to watch the video at the top of this post as it describes our “Move In Well” initiative.

    Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you: for everyone who asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. Matthew 7: 7-8

    (Post written by Mike Roberto)
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    Our real home continues to rise in leaps and bounds.  Much has been accomplished even within the last few days.  The steel continues to rise and get pieced together.  Much like a giant Erector Set.  That reference was for the Bay Boomers amongst us.  Actually, an Erector Set was a toy that came with metal pieces with holes in them.  There were screws, nuts, and round pieces with which you could make pulleys.  You couldn’t make buildings, but you could make the outline of a building or the framework.  For the most part, Legos have taken over.  But the Erector Sets were fun.

    Many of you may have gone to Walt Disney World and ridden a ride called SOARIN.  The ride is in Epcot, and the idea was to make the guests feel like they were flying.  The Imagineers at Disney were puzzled on how to make this work.  One of the Imagineers remembered his Erector Set and went home and built a working model of what would eventually become a very popular attraction at The World Showcase area of the park.  An old toy and little imagination made all the difference.

    Our building is looking much like an Erector Set Model.  The frame of the tower is going up, and there is a roof on it.  The Deck flooring is being laid and prepped for concrete, and as you drive by you can see the parking lot taking shape with curbs in place and the ground being prepped to be paved.  Pretty exciting stuff.

    Many times the illustration of a tapestry is used about our lives.  The thought goes that our lives are like a tapestry that is being created, but we only get to see the back part of it with the loose strings and pieces of material, and God sees the entire work from the front.  He sees the beautiful thing that we are becoming.  We feel the pain of this life where we get pushed and pulled and where we get stuck with the pins of failure and the needles of uncertainty.  God, however, takes all of that pain, all of that pushing and all of that pulling and declares a purpose to all of it.

    Our real home is like the back of tapestry right now.  We see a framework and outlines and earth being moved and shaped and though we have an idea of what it will be we still don’t know it yet.  The end product remains a mystery for about another 29 weeks.

    With the building, we are trusting the architect, the contractors, the carpenters, the plumbers, and electricians to create for us a beautiful finished product.  A beautiful new home.  This week a good question to ask ourselves is, do we trust our Father in Heaven with our lives as we are trusting all of the workers with our building?  Do we trust God to create is each of us a beautiful life, a beautiful person?  Let’s walk with God this week with a new hope that our lives in our new home will be a light for the world.

    Together, towards  a new home!

    (post written by Mike Roberto)