Death and Resurrection
Last night I was honored to speak at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Albany Georgia where they had an impressive turnout for a meal to kick off their stewardship campaign. As I told them, I feel that what has happened in their church is the most impressive thing to occur in the Diocese of Georgia during my seven years of ministry here. Like many churches, St. Patrick's was seven years ago in the wrong building (there were tough maintenance issues) in the wrong place (off the main road, and few people knew where they were). Unlike other churches, St. Patrick's was willing to go through the hard work of trusting that death and resurrection are still open options.
They bought land at a main intersection in an area of Albany with new housing growth. Then they sold their building, moved to worship in a Methodist Church at an inconvenient time for more than a year and have this year been reborn in their new church building. Not surprisingly, God is blessing their step of faith. Here are a few photos of that courageous congregation with whom I spent last evening.