This may be the best time of the year in Norman, Oklahoma. The temperature is no longer in triple digits, college students bring tons of energy and life back into the city, and, of course, it's football season. (Check back in later this evening after the result of the OU-Ohio State game to find out if it's still the best time of the year!)
In all seriousness, this really is an exciting season for us and for Providence Road on many levels. Not the least of which is our upcoming move to a new building in downtown Norman – the heart of the city. The picture above was taken in downtown Norman in 1909. The building we're moving into was built in 1930. There is plenty of history and significance tied to this part of Norman and one of the reasons our leadership wanted to find a space within this area. As you might imagine, there are few buildings that could accommodate a church in this area. Making a move to this area even more improbable is the fact that standard rates for buildings in this area were far above what our young church could afford. It seems that there have been at least half a dozens times in this process when we thought this deal would not and could not come to fruition. And yet, God has made a way for us to make this move.
A few weeks ago, our construction crew began demolition and in another week or so, they'll begin build out. It's exciting to think that in just a few months, our church will use this space as a hub for ministry and a gospel lighthouse in this city. Simultaneous with construction, we have begun our initiative to raise money, both internally and externally, in order to cover expenses for this move. Tomorrow night is a big night for us and somewhat of a kickoff to our internal efforts, as we will be having a dinner with our Covenant Members. I've been especially grateful for friends from Severns Valley back in Kentucky, who have been so gracious in providing guidance and advice as we begin this endeavor. I won't get into all the details here, but if you're interested you can visit our church's website for specific details on the building and what we have to raise.
Our lives are settling down a bit, not so much because we are less busy, but moreso because we are getting into a rhythm of what our schedules are like and how we can fight for family time and rest in the midst of it all. Our new Missional Community has been meeting weekly for about four weeks now and we've enjoyed having people in our home on a regular basis again. We've also been more intentional recently meeting our neighbors and getting to know those who live near us. Tonight we're hosting a watch party for the OU game and we're hoping some of our neighbors show up!
The kids are back in "school" every week, which is what we call their Mother's Day Out program. They're growing up so fast and as you can tell, bring so much life and joy into our lives.
As always, we're thankful for all of you out there who give to support our ministry here, who read along monthly and pray for us, and call or text us regularly just to encourage us. We are grateful to have so many people that love and care for us, both near and far!