I stopped by the new building to get some pictures. Looking good. But more than looking good, it FELT good. I walked in the doors and felt peace flow through me. I felt comfort and awe. And you know what….it made my day. I could feel the presence of God in this place and it’s my prayer that the people working on the construction also feel this presence and comfort while they are there.
Here’s some pictures of the progress inside. Rock is in. Taping and priming is being done and we should start to see some millwork being installed soon.
I stopped by the site last night and the rockers and tapers are having a field day. The Sheetrock inside looks to be done. Spackling, taping, sanding and priming is in progress and all I can say is WOW. I can’t wait to see it all in the light and get some pictures to share with everyone. Coming soon.
I don’t know about you but I’ve been hearing a lot of “scuttlebutt” around town about the new building and 99.9% of it has been positive. People around town are getting excited and questions are being asked. Are you ready to answer them? As I stood in the middle of the new sanctuary last night taking in the enormity of what is happening on the North Fork, I said a little prayer of Thanksgiving to God. Then taking to heart what we have been talking a lot about lately, the fact that this is a listening place, I stopped and listened for God and heard SILENCE. (Not for the first time I might add).
I knew that God was telling me something in that silence. I was missing something. So I walked the rest of the building and was amazed. As I walked into the fellowship hall, the kitchen, the class rooms and finally the gathering space, the same thought kept on coming back into my mind. WOW, THANK YOU GOD! This is going to make an impact on what we can do!
Walking back into the sanctuary, I said a final prayer thanking God for the silence and the time to open my eyes so I could hear Him (If you can’t wrap your mind around that statement, check out the “God Speaks”).
After walking the building, seeing what we have and reflecting on the “scuttlebutt”, God’s voice came through loud and clear…….
“Alright, I got their attention……What are WE going to do with it?”
Brothers and Sisters, What are we going to do when this building is ready? Are we going to move inside and keep this Amazing gift of God’s grace to ourselves? Or are we prepared to throw open the doors and invite the seekers, the lost, the lonely, and those who have yet to hear about Our Savior, in to experience the wonder and love that God Has for ALL His children. God has gotten their attention, it is now up to us to invite them in to meet their Savior.
When the building is done, the work has just begun
Just a quick update. The fence is down. The landscaping is looking good and we have the first layer of asphalt laid in the parking lot. Drywall is going up as we speak (type & read). Now that the site is cleaned up a little, we can schedule a member walk through. For those interested, we will meet in the parking lot this Saturday 12/9 @ 10:00 AM. Dress warmly.
Wow! Things have been moving along quite well on the new building. The outside is looking great with the first layer of parking lot being prepared. The inside is really shaping up with all the utilities going in, appliances being ordered, cabinets being designed, flooring selected and millwork being discussed. A great big THANK YOU goes out to Pastor Tom for taking the extra measures to keep things moving.
So now here’s my question for you. Are you prepared? How are you getting ready for the attention we will be receiving once we move? Are we listening for God’s voice? Are we giving God all the Glory in all that we do? As we prepare to come into the season of Advent, let us remember that this is a season of beginnings and of new birth, a season of anticipation and expectations. A season of preparation. Let us prepare ourselves for this “new beginning” by listening for God’s voice.
It’s been a long time since our last post and I don’t want anyone thinking that we have fallen off the face of the earth. This is just to give you a quick update on the status of construction and we’ll have pictures and more info later on in the week. The steeple is getting a trial today with a Nor’easter working its way up (or is it down) the North Fork today. Don’t think there will be too many Punkin’ pickers in the fields today. Anyway, 99 % of the exterior siding and trim is done. We’ve buried quite a bit ion money in the ground recently with all of the drainage that has been put in and we should have a rudimentary parking lot in soon. Electric, HVAC, plumbing, and media contractors are hard at work installing all the that they need to get in and Thank You God we are just about on schedule. I’ll try to get some pictures when I won’t be in the way of the contractors. Until next time……KEEP PRAYING and most of all listen for God’s response. He has a big job ahead for us and we want to make sure we are ready when He calls.
Well, yesterday was the day. Beautiful calm weather allowed us to raise the steeple to the top of the cupola. 8:00 arrived and with the crane in place, the steeple began its ascent to the roof. Rebecca was there getting pictures and was highly impressed with the expertise and cooperation between the crane operators and the crew from Seifert Construction. It's all bolted in and looking good. Great job guys!
Til next time here are some pictures
So the summer is moving along and this past weekend was absolutely gorgeous. But, over the next few days, summer plans on reminding us that it hasn't given up yet . Hazy, Hot, and Humid, Oh My! But it's not just the temperature that is on the rise. Our steeple has arrived and the plan is to have it raised and installed sometime during the week after Labor Day. Information on when that may occur will be sent out on Faithlink as soon as we get it and I'll try to post it on the website. Word is that this will put the height to the top of the cross right at around 50'. A beacon to the community.
Gee, where have I heard that before? To be a beacon to the community is what our mission is. We have been given the great commission by Christ, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” We are called to be a beacon TO ALL, a lighthouse in the storm, assisting people in any way that will draw them closer to the Lord. My prayer is that whenever we see the cross high in the sky we will be reminded of our mission. And that whenever the lost, the least or the lonely, the seekers, see that cross they'll know that they can come to this listening place and find a warm welcome.
Prayer request for the day: Pray that the steeple may be a reminder to all that this is a place where all are welcome.
Prayer quote for the day: I'm feeling called to share this with you today
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
― Francis of Assisi
Enjoy the pics
It's been a while since I have posted. The framing is up, and the building is almost completely sheathed (covered in plywood) at this time. Exterior trim work should be going up soon along with the roofing. Windows are expected to come in in the middle of August and the steeple should be arriving near the end of the month. Things are moving along nicely so let's keep up the prayers that they continue to do so. Small glitches and hitches, which are always expected, have occurred but for the most part we are right on course. Give a great big "Thank You " to God for that.
People around town are noticing and are commenting (most positive) and are asking questions. Here is your opportunity to help build the church. When people ask you how the church is coming along mention the building BUT more importantly mention what the CHURCH is doing. Talk about worship. Talk about ministries and missions. Talk about visitations. Talk about the food pantry, angel tree, Operation Christmas child, Backpack ministry, Heifer international, the prayer shawl ministry, and all the other works that the CHURCH is doing. Let them know that the NFUMC is here for them. By building this church building, God is giving us the opportunity to build HIS CHURCH. Let's not miss out on this gift from God.
Prayer request for the day: Prayer of thanks to God for the opportunity He has blessed us with
Prayer quote for the day: Everything you need for your destiny is within reach. Pray that God will open your eyes to opportunities, people and resources. - Malika Nura
On June 30, Pastor Tom led us on a tour of where we are in the building process. the heat of the day reminded us all of how welcoming AIR CONDITIONING is going to be in the new building. Rebecca stayed behind after the tour and took some videos and we made a youtube video that was shared on Sunday. For those of you who missed it or would like to share it with friends, you can find it on our GALLERY page under VIDEOS or the link below.
For those of you interested in how the material gets to our site, here is a good link to a delivery we received. Thank you Riverhead Building Supply
Until next time........Peace
Is this a good thing? As a building? Yes. As a church? Possibly. Read on.
So Rebecca and I took Holly Bear for a ride today and what to our wondering eyes should appear but a wonderful change at the construction site. We have wall framing up and you can really start to see the layout and how the flow that has been designed will work. The thing that struck me was that the building looks so small. But looks can be deceiving. The building looks small until you get right up to it and realize that the walls are FOURTEEN FEET TALL. (you can see my smiling face in one of the pictures for scale). It really is shaping up nicely.
But it got me thinking. (Don't most things?). What is the purpose of walls? You can hang stuff on them, you can bounce things off them, you can put a message on them or, my favorite, bang your head against them. However, there are two main purposes that I can think of. The first is to separate one area from another and the second would be to support and hold up what is going to be built upon them. As a church we need to be careful with what type wall we build and how we "build" our walls. We need to be building walls (structure) that support our ministries and help us to build upon the faith (foundation) we have in God by following the scriptures, keeping true to our vision and by being involved in our community, a life lived in Grace. BUT at the same time we need to be very aware of building walls that keep us from God and keep us from the least, the lost and the lonely. Walls that separate us. It becomes very easy and very comforting to find security from the "bad weather", the turbulent times and unpleasant landscapes when you can hide yourself behind a wall. We build walled in comfort zones without even realizing it at times. We as a church need to not only NOT build these type of walls but we need to be at the forefront of tearing them down. Let nothing come in our way to separate us from our mission and our relationship with God.
It is my prayer that we become known as that "New church built without walls".
Prayer request for the day: Pray that we may always be open and unconstrained by the walls we build
Prayer quote for the day: Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon. - Martin Luther (Same as last week and fits just as well)
Until next time. Peace!
Well, actually two weeks. It's been two weeks since the last update and quite a bit has happened. The foundation has been backfilled, the crawlspace floor has been poured, steel has been placed and lumber has been delivered. The steel structure over where the altar will reside has been raised. What could be called the building's next growth spurt
I was blessed to be the one asked to deliver the message this past Sunday and I talked a little about how we have arrived where we are today. As I walked around the site last night, I was humbled and thankful. All I could do was lift up my heart in praise to God for bringing us together to make a little place where we can gather to Listen for His voice and share the gospel.
Until we meet again, enjoy these pictures
Prayer request for the day: Pray that we may be an example for the community.
Prayer quote for the day: Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon. - Martin Luther
So I stopped by the site today to check on the progress, get pictures and see if anything new had happened. On the way, I was trying to come up with the next blog entry. As I walked up to the foundation, nothing was coming, so I just stopped and listened. As I took in the beauty of the day, a picture that I have hanging on my desk came to mind. And now, I am going to follow its message.
It's been a little while since our last update and there have been some changes at the building site. With mounds of dirt and topsoil surrounding the building's footprint and protecting it from our view, quite a bit has happened. The concrete forms were set, reinforcing rods were laid, concrete was poured, and the forms have been stripped away. THE FOUNDATION HAS BEEN LAID. LET'S GET BUILDING!! Let's get backfilling and get that deck down.
Whoa........Slow down........ Concrete is a interesting building material. It can be extremely strong or it can be very brittle, it all depends on how you take care of it in the beginning. Over time, as concrete dries, it cures and becomes stable and strong, BUT if it dries too quickly it can be brittle and weak. There are even times when intervention is required to slow down the actual drying time of concrete. I can recall one summer when I was younger and working with my father on a small project that required a concrete slab. After pouring the concrete and waiting a day for it to dry, I watched my father come out with a hose and spray water on the slab. Totally confused, thinking he had finally "lost it", with a confused look on my face I asked him, "We want this to dry, don't we? Kinda defeating the purpose, aren't we?" That's when I got my "learnin'" in concrete. It was too hot and it was drying too fast and if we left it be, the rest of the project would be compromised by the weak base, so we had to watch it and make sure it was forming properly.
We are building a Church and we want our church to be built on the strongest foundation possible, so that it will grow, flourish and thrive. The foundation needs to be strong enough to weather any storm, grounded enough to hold us firmly in place and true enough to pass any test. This church is not the building. This church is the fellowship of people seeking to know the one TRUE foundation, Jesus Christ. This foundation is found in our relationship with Gad the Father through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and like all relationships this TAKES TIME. This is not something that we can rush or deal with today, put on a shelf and pick up again next week. Our church's foundation, our relationship with Christ will take time and constant attention. This is crucial because everything we do, to the glory of God, is built upon this foundation.
Prayer request for the day: Just take time to talk to the Father.
Prayer quote for the day: Of all things, guard against neglecting God in the secret place of prayer. - William Wilberforce
Tis another beautiful day in the neighborhood today. Community is defined as 1) a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. or 2) a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. We all need community, an interaction with people that have something in common. Someone once told me that, "Left to ourselves we will, not can, not might, we will self-destruct." In 1 Peter 5:8-9 we read, Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
Why do I bring this up? Well, this past weekend on a men's retreat, I was on the receiving end of a great outpouring of Agape love from a caring community of Christians who surrounded us in prayers, love and selfless acts of sharing. I was so blown away with seeing the body of Christ at work that I wanted to share this experience.
Yes we are building a church but it is NOT the building on the corner of Horton avenue & Rt. 48. This building is just a gathering place for the church, the Christian community called North Fork UMC. We are building a community of caring people who love God and seek to know him more. With the excitement and curiosity that this new building is bringing, we have a great opportunity to share who we are and what our mission is. Do not invite someone to church, instead invite them to your life. Church will follow.
Prayer request for the day: Pray that we may be focused on building community.
Prayer quote for the day: I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other. - Harvey Fierstein.
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - I was unable to get any pictures but the concrete forms are going in and it looks like concrete should be flowing soon
Good Morning! This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Waking up this morning to the sun shining and the sound of the bird's singing brought a "smile to my heart" that made me just want to say, "Thank You Lord!" and had me singing my shower song this morning (admit it, you sing in the shower too). An oldie but a goodie. "Majesty" Majesty / Worship His majesty / Unto Jesus be all glory / Honor and praise / Majesty / Kingdom authority / Flow from His throne / Unto His own / His anthem raise
With that song in my heart I made my way to the construction site this morning with the windows and sunroof wide open. Taking in the sight and smell of all the blossoming trees, the crisp fresh air and the ospreys circling overhead was a reminder that I should really be concentrating on my driving. True, but not the point. It reminded me that all of this, everything we have, is a blessing from God. He has given this to us to take care of WITH Him, to enjoy and to share with the rest of His children. I recall a time walking and talking outside with a friend of mine when he asked me, "How can you believe in God?". I stopped, put my hand on his shoulder, turned him in a circle and replied, "Look around you. How can you not?".
Prayer request for the day: Pray that we may be good stewards of all the God has given us. Also a special prayer request for Derrick Christian and all the men attending the NYAC Walk to Emmaus program this weekend.
Prayer quote for the day: Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. - Mother Teresa
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE - It doesn't look like much from outside the fence, but below grade a lot is happening. The "hole" has been dug, the corners have been set and foundation work is being done with concrete pouring to begin shortly. Pastor Tom and George Terry met with the architects and the Seiferts on Tuesday for the updates. Hopefully the foundation work should be done in two weeks.
Well, this is where I find out who is reading this blog.
I said I was going to stop by the site on Tuesday morning to try to get some pictures. So I decided to take my dog for an early morning ride and actually attempted to try to photograph the construction site, but unfortunately the sun was coming up and directly in my eyes. Determined to at least try, I proceeded to point my camera into the direction of the sun and clicked away and in the process pretty much temporarily blinded myself. Not a smart move, I know..... Upon finishing this task, I heard a voice behind me exclaim, "Hi, Handsome." Apparently, the salinity level of my blood must have been right on target that morning, which would attest to the fact that all the synapses in my brain fired at the right time and in the right sequence thus causing me to investigate the source of this voice before replying a customary, “Well Good Morning to you, Gorgeous.” After my pupils returned to their normal state, I gazed upon the possessor of this voice and much to my chagrin came to the conclusion that “Handsome” was being directed to the well coiffured golden maned lady hanging out of the rear window of my car. Swallowing my ego, but with a sense of pride, this lowly chauffeur made his way to correct the gender mistake made by this young lass and introduce her to the one and only Holly Bear and at the same time I was able to tell her why we were there and what was going on at NFUMC. After parting ways, and settling into the driver's seat I checked the results of my attempt at morning photography and realized that not a single picture had come out. "Well, at least I had a nice morning ride and was able tell someone a little bit about Jesus' work here at North Fork." Hmmmm....maybe, just maybe the reason I was there wasn't to take pictures. Who'd a thunk it? THANKS GOD!
Anyway, I can report that there was a big hole in the ground and with the rain, torrential at times, that we got yesterday, I actually expected to find out that the architects included an in-ground basement swimming pool in the plans. But alas, as you will see from the pictures below, everything was looking good this evening. On that note, if anyone has any pictures or information they would like me to add or share, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer request for the day: Pray that we each may recognize the opportunity to share Christ when it is presented to us.
Prayer quote for the day: "Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself." - William Ralph Inge
Big piles of dirt and a hole in the ground. This is what you will see as you pass the building site at this time. With all the work on RT 48 and the good weather, there is an over abundance of traffic passing by the construction area. So much so that it was actually dangerous to stop and try to get a picture. Hint Hint! Be careful and watch traffic if you stop by to see the site. Focus on safety first. I'll try to get some pictures tomorrow morning early as I head to work. (It seems like the only people up at that time are me, the milkman and the fishermen.) So the temporary driveway is in, the ground is being prepped for the foundation and INTEREST IN NFUMC IS BLOSSOMING.
As Bill Moore spoke about this past Sunday, (check out the sermon on the sermon page) we need to be prepared to share the love and grace of Jesus Christ with our friends and neighbors. With all the interest that the new construction is garnering this is an ideal time to let people know who we are and WHOSE WE ARE. Let everyone know what we are about. It's NOT about inviting people to church to fill the seats. Radical hospitality is about inviting people into YOUR LIVES so they can see what the love and grace of Jesus Christ has done for you. This is what will bring people to the Lord and church. They will see what you have and want it.
Prayer request for the day: Pray that we may develop a culture of Radical Hospitality
Prayer quote for the day: All that a Christian does, even in eating and sleeping, is prayer, when it is done in simplicity, according to the order of God, without either adding to or diminishing from it by his own choice. - John Wesley
Good Afternoon All. This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. After a little tease this weekend the temperature has dropped once again to let us know that winter isn't over quite yet. BUT the warmer days are coming. Praise the Lord! I drove past the site yesterday and was greeted by a nice change. The trailer has arrived and the fencing has gone up. I also received a picture from Bill this morning. Looks like they are cleaning up and preparing to dig.
Prayer request for the day: Pray for those seeking to see the will of God.
Prayer quote for the day: Spending time with God through prayer and His Word is a prerequisite for having a great life and fulfilling your purpose. - Joyce Meyer
I don't know about you, but ever since we broke ground last Monday I have been like a little puppy trying to hold in my excitement. C'mon! Let's Go! But then this little song starts to play in the back of my head. No, it's not the circus monkey on the unicycle theme song. "In His time, in His time, He makes all things beautiful in His time. Lord please show me everyday, as you're teaching me your way, that you do just what you say. In your time." plays in my head and I understand that This is His Plan. This is His Church. This is His time and things will move along at His pace, when we are ready for the next step. God's got it.
Pastor Tom mentioned at the ground breaking, "The church is a listening place, we’re slow to speak, slow to anger and quick to listen." I had a conversation with Pastor Tom on Sunday and he pointed out that this place, this "Listening Place" is also a place for us to listen for God, a place to come to to focus on God. It seems that too often lately we may find ourselves in a rush or overwhelmed with what we are experiencing in our lives, to actually take time to listen for God's voice. May this "Listening Place" be where we can come to to stop, rest awhile, and listen.
Prayer request for the day: Stop, Rest and Listen for God.
Prayer quote for the day: The fewer the words, the better the prayer - Martin Luther
A Note of Safety: Construction sites are fraught with dangers! If you visit the site to pray, PLEASE do not go inside the fenced in area. Stay outside of the construction area and be mindful of your surroundings and watch out for traffic.
On the construction front, look forward to some activity next week. We should be receiving a construction trailer on site Tuesday, construction fencing on Wednesday and digging should start soon thereafter.