As current worshippers at DCC know, we're Leaning In in prayer this year as we're seeking God's face for the move of His Spirit in our midst, so that we can be Reaching Out in 2018. This is our theme for the year: Leaning In, Reaching Out. There is an essential, irreducible component here: God's actions always include both - His work in us results in His work through us to those around us.
As current worshippers at DCC know, we're also engaging a building proposal and prayerfully considering it for our future. Why? Because our building is NOT the "church" (because the Church is people, not properties). Rather, the building and property are tools in our hands. What are the tools for? To fulfill our mission and calling. What is our mission and calling?
We exist to be and to make fully committed imitators of Jesus in the areas of Danforth and East York! We do this by Loving God, Loving Others, and Serving Our World.
Our building is now 70 years old, though the congregation is much older. In fact, our roots go back to the Hebden Mission itself more than 100 years ago! This is at least the 3rd property the church has owned and operated, all for the purpose of the propagation of the Gospel.
But it no longer serves us well in that regard, as it is too limited in functionality, and it has multiple issues, including the foundation. Thus, we must act responsibly and strategically in the management of our building and property to empower ministry, not restrict it.
Most people don't see (yes, literally "see") these issues because it's not germane to coming to the building to worship or minister, nor are most people part of the maintenance staff, nor governance of daily operations. Thus, hearing we have foundation problems might come as a surprise, or be easily dismissed because they don't "see" the problems.
So, to rectify that, I'm posting the pictures here taken over the past 2+ years:
FRONT WEST STAIRWELL
WEST REAR STORAGE HALLWAY
EAST SIDE FURNACE ROOM AND C.E. ROOM WALLS
These problems on the East foundation wall, where our "green lot" is, have not yet been addressed on the exterior of the building. We will have to spend more thousands of dollars to address the drainage problems affecting the East side of our foundation.
EAST WALL, FELLOWSHIP HALL
FRONT EAST STAIRWELL
WHAT DO ALL THESE PICTURES MEAN?
Our building will not, fall down on us today or tomorrow. But it does mean that our building will not continue to serve the coming decades and generations. If we want (and we do want) to serve not only ourselves but also the coming generations, then we must act now to move in the right direction. The building proposal before us addresses these issues and more, empowering us with the new building, greater space designed to meet our current and future needs, to glorify God and serve our community.
Come, let us build together for today and for the future!