The long-awaited Certificate of Occupancy for our new church has been granted – although conditional for the time being. Since the school is not yet completed, we do not have permission to occupy the school until it is fully completed. Our church staff is now allowed to occupy and work from the new structure, but we will still need a couple of weeks to reorganize administratively and ensure that all the bells and whistles are functioning to our satisfaction. This momentous occasion signifies growth, unity, and a strengthened sense of community. This event is a testament to the collective spirit, dedication, and unwavering faith in God that has brought us to this point.

As the doors of our new church swing open, they will reveal a space meticulously crafted to foster connection and spiritual nourishment. The architectural marvel stands as a beacon of hope and a symbol of His divine presence that will envelop all who enter. Every element, from the furnishings, the intricately designed stained glass window in our new chapel, and the adjacent and beautiful Memorial Garden has been carefully chosen to create an atmosphere that inspires awe and reverence.

To commemorate this awesome event, we plan to hold two celebrations. The first will be a “Congregational Grand Opening” for our wonderful church family and any interested visitors on March 3rd 2024.  On that Sunday, we will celebrate with one worship experience and dedicate the efforts of many as well as returning our gifts to God, allowing this event to take place. We will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00AM prior to  our dedication and worship experience. Following that will be a festive celebration in our Coastal Plaza with refreshments and tours of the new facility. 

On Saturday April 13th,2024 we will hold a “Community Grand Opening” from 10:00 AM to 1 PM with a second ribbon cutting. With great pride, we plan to invite local dignitaries, clergy, and any other interested community members to see where God has led and enabled us to ”Invite all while worshiping One.”

The journey to these grand openings has been marked by the sweat and toil of a community united in purpose. Countless hours of planning, fundraising, and construction have culminated in a sanctuary that not only accommodates our congregation but also provides a sacred space for reflection, prayer, and worship. With community in mind, we have designed our facility to support community events as a revenue source for the church.  It is a testament to the unwavering commitment of every individual who has played a part in bringing this dream to fruition.

The grand opening ceremonies promise to be celebratory and joyous occasions where the voices of the choir, the Light Keepers Praise Band, and an inspirational message will resonate through the facility, lifting spirits and forging a sense of unity among all in attendance. The air will be filled with joy and thanks to God for illuminating the faces of those gathered, creating an atmosphere of warmth and spiritual connection.

Beyond the physical structure, our new church represents a fresh chapter in our spiritual journey. It is an opportunity for growth, renewal, and a deepening of our connection with both God and community. As we step into this new era, we carry with us the lessons learned, the bonds forged, and the memories created in our old sanctuary. The grand openings are not just events; they are a sacred ritual, marking the transition from one phase to the next in our collective spiritual evolution with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.