I remember a conversation I had with a long-time Hope member, during my first month in the church, back in 2012. This gentleman and I were talking about the most recent additions to Hope’s facilities: our beautiful worship sanctuary, Youth Center, adult education rooms upstairs, and administrative offices. “We have first-class facilities housing the Lord’s ministries,” he said, with humble pride.
That’s exactly how it should be, in my view. We’re blessed with first-class facilities, as we carry out our mission here in Wake Forest and surrounding communities. God has stirred many generous hearts through the years, and the congregation has done a tremendous job building the facilities for our church and preschool ministries.
As any homeowner knows, buildings age quickly. Maintenance and upkeep are essential. Here at Hope, it’s important to keep our facilities in first-class condition, for the sake of the Lord’s ministry. We’ve been working on a strategic plan to maintain and upgrade our facilities in necessary ways. A variety of facilities needs are going to have to be addressed in the near future: HVAC units and control systems, Children’s Center carpet, playground, roofing, IT/AV hardware, and more.
In the next couple of months, information will be shared about Hope’s Facilities Strategic Plan, in preparation for a short-term capital campaign to boost our Facilities Fund. Discussion will begin at the Congregational Assembly on June 23 (3:30 PM), and will continue at a Congregational Forum to be held on a Sunday morning later in the summer. I hope that you’ll join me in taking these facilities needs to heart, and that you’ll respond joyfully to provide support in the upcoming months.
“We have first-class facilities housing the Lord’s ministries.” Let’s make sure we keep it that way!
Pastor Wayne Puls