Being Good Stewards of Our Holy Space
Spring cleaning is upon us! As the pandemic begins to lift, we turn our attention to our beautiful campus and how to best care for it. Please, if you see them, give a big thanks to our Building Use Task Force: Jayne Hill, Jane Lester, Jay Wright, Scott Hill, Lisa McKenna and Debbie Johnson. They have worked hard to evaluate all our spaces and they have come up with some amazing plans to help us let go of many of the closets full of things.
If we are to maintain this beautiful and costly campus, we must move towards renting out our space or letting non-profit ministries use it but with an idea of what kind of a donation we are making so that we can appeal to donors and apply for grants. It costs us over two thousand dollars A DAY to keep our doors open, with no staff! (That is based on a ten-year picture, including utilities, maintenance and capital expenses.)
About a month ago, I walked the campus and peered into each room with Jayne Hill, our new Junior Warden, and Debbie Johnson, our Director of Operations. I saw just how much stuff we have accumulated over the years. We have entire closets dedicated to an event that happens once a year. We have classrooms that sit empty all week. If we are not careful, we could become the most expensive storage space in town! I believe God is calling us to reevaluate every inch of this beautiful campus and ask ourselves, “How can we glorify God with this space?”
Please pray about God’s house as if it were your own house and get involved with our upcoming yard sale. If you lead a ministry and have stored a lot of things at the Cathedral, please pray about what really needs to be here. It is time for us to prepare to open our doors more fully than we ever have before. We have been entrusted with a great and costly resource. Let us all take joy in caring for it!
In Christ’s love,