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Church Merger Update, Sept. 11

Moment for Merger

Delivered by Darryl Thornton, Merger Steering Committee

Sept.  11, 2016

I need to begin my conversation TODAY with some hard truths…

… we are all about to experience even more change, beyond that of voting to merge and that of our new name, Grace Presbyterian Church…

Grace…

Grace is exactly what we will all need moving forward…

Grace as one family leaves their home to blend into another home…

Grace as another family makes room in their home for our families to join and grow together…

The Merger Session and the Buildings and Grounds Committee would like for everyone to rest assured that every effort possible is and will be made to respectfully honor BOTH congregations’ histories, including - mementos, sacred objects, photographs, etc.  Space will be created for and devoted to these memories.

Each congregation, working through their respective Buildings and Grounds Committee are taking physical inventories, as once we merge, it becomes one.  At the same time, changes are necessary to the physical facility as it will no longer be Covenant Presbyterian Church at all, IT WILL BE GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, a “new church,” that feels and looks new to us all.

In this vein, we are revamping children's classrooms... planning for new signage reflecting the new Churches name, etc.   But I ask you all; please remember we will share this as a family, a newly blended family, a family of Grace by Grace and for the Grace of God.

I also briefly need to make you all aware that, with the agreement of the Presbytery's Board of Trustees, University Presbyterian is in the process of hiring a broker to manage the sale of the property at 1107 8th Street. We have been assured, again, that proceeds of the sale go with us, and those proceeds will be used to ensure the future of our new congregation.

Joining together takes everyone working toward the same goal, each of us all willing to do the hard work to ensure our new congregations’ health, vision, ministries and most importantly a LEGACY for our future generations.  It should be the strongest desire for each and every one of us here to see our church thrive and make a difference well after we are gone.

Please, remember, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with me, or with any member of the Merger Steering Committee if they have questions or concerns.

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