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One year ago at the annual Stewardship Luncheon, the congregation reaffirmed our commitment to the courtyard restoration project. During the summer of 2016, 118 members and friends of West Raleigh met in 15 small groups to envision how best to steward several sizeable bequests. Out of those conversations grew the momentum and the commitment to a project that included a complete renovation of the courtyard, a columbarium, restoration of the stained glass windows’ protective coverings, new signage and lighting. Since last fall members of the Courtyard Task Force, Frances Wilder (chair), Eric Baucom, Austin Jones, Shanora Kingsberry, & Bill Smith have been working toward that goal.

 

They spent the first part of the year receiving input from the congregation and honing the drawings; they researched columbarium and signage companies. They released the courtyard project to bid twice, receiving five good bids and interviewed two constructions firms. After countless meetings and hours of discussion, they made their recommendations to the session at a called meeting last week. The session, acting in their capacity as trustees, unanimously elected to move forward on the project. It is likely that demolition will start as early as November 6th! Construction will last 3-4 months once we break ground. Friends, it is really happening!

Members of the Courtyard Task Force are working with Craig Bromby now to finalize the paperwork to reserve space in the columbarium and the scatter garden. The Building & Grounds Committee, Bagged Lunch Ministry and WRPS Staff are making plans to access the church through the entrances off of Vanderbilt and Horne Street once construction begins. Friends, after years of planning and perseverance, this is finally happening!

In order to mark this moment, we are planning a groundbreaking for Sunday, November 5th at 10:30am! The choir is preparing special music to mark All Saints in worship that day, and the Stewardship Committee is hosting lunch following worship. (There is no Sunday School because of road closures due to a marathon). This is a good moment in the life of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church! Thank you to everyone whose commitment and hard work has brought us to this place – especially members of the Courtyard Task Force who have been working on this project for three years now! And thanks be to God for West Raleigh’s call to be salt and light at the corner of Vanderbilt, Hillsborough and Horne.

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