Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Gautier Presbyterian Rebuilds November 22 Report

Dear Friends,

I write this on the Monday night before Thanksgiving. I just had a great dinner with our volunteers. They obviously had worked very hard, for they looked exhausted. Mostly, I believe, they are sheet rocking and mudding (the name for ripping out wet sheet rock).

We are beginning to adjust to the latest transition: The PDA folks informed us late last week, they were removing the Camp from the Church property to another location. It was a bit of a shock, but the more the time has gone by and the more we have thought about it, it probably is for the best. It was stressful trying to manage so many people on the church property all the time (most of the time over a 100 folks every day). This way, we can continue to host smaller work crews within our church facilities but also spend some of our energy working towards the future of Gautier Presbyterian Church. As I have noted, we have all sorts of challenges as a church.

1. With so much that has changed in our community and along the Gulf Coast, what will our ministry look like in the future?

2. As many of you know, we had considerable damage to our facilities, and in the aftermath (unfortunately, we did not have flood insurance and that was the majority of our damage), we are prayerfully considering building a new sanctuary and/or moving to a new site. In this process, we have hired Tom Bandy of Bandy & Easum and associates to come in and do a consultation with us in January to help us answer some of these questions.

So, as we move into the Holidays, we begin a new time for us of discernment and ministry,

1. Continuing to host work crews so as to reach out into the community and help those who are struggling to rebuild (and receive funds to facilitate this work), and

2. Beginning to prayerfully consider the long term Ministry of Gautier Presbyterian.

I am so thankful for the ways all of you have blessed us during this time. Your prayers, your gifts of time, talents and money, your letters…., have helped this congregation, have helped me personally in my ministry, and helped this community.

May God Bless you all. May you all have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Chris Bullock
Gautier Presbyterian Church
1009 Highway 90
P.O. Box 340
Gautier, MS 39553
(228) 497-1706 (o) (228) 355-1138(c)


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