This past Sunday, both congregations voted unanimously to accept an
offer on the parsonage. The offer is for $155,000; it is a cash offer
with no contingencies. The proceeds from this sale will be invested
and the interest used to supplement the pastor's salary for years to
come. The buyers plan to tear down the house and build a new home on
the property. They are working with Habitat for Humanity to salvage
usable materials from the house to be sold at the Habitat for Humanity
Re-Store. I share the sadness of some that this house, which has
been a part of the parish for many years, will be razed, but am
thankful that it will live on in new projects and will benefit the
good work of Habitat.
Together, we have arrived at this place after many years long and
trying years. A wise person once said, " A good cowboy knows that
when his horse dies, it's time to get off." Good cowboys and
cowgirls, it's been a long ride. As we prepare to complete this sale,
let us thank God for the strength and endurance to get to where we are
today and ask God for vision for the future. Imagine what we can do
as a parish with the weight of the parsonage off our shoulders!
As we get closer to a closing date, we will schedule a time to gather
at the parsonage, to thank everyone who has added their efforts to the
sale and to say goodbye to an important part of our ministry.
Oak Grove Pavilion's second concert of the summer is this Saturday,
June 28 at 7:00 pm. Barrowburn will perform; it is a great Celtic
band from the Raleigh NC area and features Virgil Sealy, who attends
Zion with his wife Denise when they are in the area. Come hear some
delightful music, eat delicious goodies prepared by the Women of Zion
and contribute to the non-profit groups the Pavilion supports!
All are invited to a cook-out and fireworks viewing party at the
Motley home on July 4. We'll have hot dogs, wings, side dishes and
tea and lemonade. You bring a lawn chair and other beverage if you
prefer. We'll begin at 6:00 pm; you're welcome to park at our place
and go back and forth to activities at the high school if you would
like. Please RSVP to 745-5671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Breyahna Lynn and Isabella Nicole Riccobono, who
were baptized last Sunday at Zion! We welcome you to all that is ours
Please pray for Dolly Marshall as she prepares for knee replacement
surgery on July 7 and for Shirley Vangilder as she prepares for foot
surgery on July 8.
Yours in Christ,