Interesting to see this in the local paper ...
The church's existing building, a sanctuary/art gallery/coffee shop on Taft in Montrose, holds five crowded weekend services and has been a place for the community, especially artists and the homeless, to gather outside of worship.
"It places itself in the midst of homelessness, and it's very important for the new building, too. When they were looking for a new building, that was a priority," said Laura Pettibon, 23, who has attended Ecclesia for a year and half. "It has such a focus on 'the least of these.' "
Church leaders hope to carry over the same themes of art and hospitality while incorporating a culinary element to the new location. They want to include a pay-what-you-can restaurant, where homeless people can eat for next to nothing and diners who aren't in need can spend a few bucks extra.
A new waiting period begins as Ecclesia starts planning for how the new space will be renovated.
The first call for volunteers to start working on the buildout happened to fall on the weekend I'm out of town. Not that I'd be particularly handy with sheet rock or plumbing or whatnot. The sidebar to the story mentions that there are three services on Christmas eve. As luck would have it, I'm working the "V" side of the AV booth for all of those services. Fortunately, I do know my way around ProPresenter a bit better.