Much like Highland’s membership, our buildings and systems are a mixture of old and new. There is much here that has stood faithfully during decades of use and much that injects new life into these sacred halls. We use it all, on weekends but also during the week, and our use brings wear and tear to the floors, the plumbing, computer network, and pews.
Some of the work that sustains our physical space is visible and easily evident. You may have noticed the new shrubs at the Fellowship Hall entryway (thanks Jeff Grey!), the updated entryway from the playground into the nursery (thanks Bob Belcher!), the freshly raked lawns and clean parking lots (thanks to all who came to last Saturday’s work day), and the set ups and tear downs of the walls in Fellowship Hall each week.
Some of the maintenance that happens is largely invisible. Things such as recent repairs to the baptistry, computer workstation replacement, maintenance on our boiler system, and the replacement of light bulbs as they burn out may go largely unnoticed.
But a well-worn building is a sign of a well-used building. You should find peace and comfort that things need to be fixed because they are being lovingly used. A baptistry that is never turned on does not require working plumbing. Bible Study classes that never meet do not require rooms in which to assemble. Staff that produce no new documents and publications don’t need working computers.
For the work that is seen and for that which goes unnoticed, thanks be to God. They are all signs of life within a healthy congregation and there is comfort in having to tend to these things.