Some of you will have seen the changes in process in the sanctuary that began last week and are continuing into this week. Unfortunately, the flooring installation that is going in between the first row of pews and the chancel area hit an unforeseen temperature snag. So, the installers will be back out this week to see if more favorable outdoor temperatures help them complete the work inside. Since we have a concrete floor the outdoor temperatures can and do dramatically affect the temperature of our floors. So, hang in there it will hopefully be done soon.
And, with sadness the Session will receive a letter from Rev. Katherine Blankenship at its meeting this week regarding her resignation from Life Together Raleigh. I will be meeting with the staff and board chairman of Life Together Raleigh to discuss next steps for the organization and its partnering with Milner Memorial. The Session will keep the congregation informed of changes as they occur.
Also, there is another group requesting some space upstairs so we hope that will come through and we'll see them starting in February. Raleigh Rescue Mission had a successful use of two rooms upstairs for their Christmas Drive which helped them and us through the month of December. Furthermore, there will be a group of college students in Raleigh and some high school students too during the month of April who will be helping with upstairs painting and grounds upkeep. It is all very exciting to think of what God is doing in this space as we open wide our arms to the surrounding community.
Last, but not least, we have been approached by another diabetes educator about using Milner space for their group meetings. Mary Clark is in contact with the educator and we are all working out a way to add strength to Mary's incredible support group and pioneering work.
Prayers are still needed for 2018 as they always will be but I assure you God is listening to our prayers. Praise be to God!