Oconee River Church
2370 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
From the Pastor: February 2014
In case you have somehow missed the news, Oconee River Church is moving to a new location sometime in the near future.
Now, that sentence is very clear, and yet quite vague. You don’t know from that lead sentence the when nor the where nor the why, nor the how. But you do know the who? The who is us.
The reason the lead sentence does not tell you the when, nor the where, nor the why is because we don’t know any of those things -- yet. Believe me, when we know them, we will gladly give you the news.
What we can say at this time is that a location search team has already been on the prowl and that certain members of that team will be listening throughout the week and traveling on Sunday afternoons to various locations that we hear about, not only from you members of the congregation, but from anyone we can possibly talk to.
Our short term goal is to rent again because renting will best assure us of having a new place to worship by April 13 which is Palm Sunday. But our long term goal is to purchase and we are looking at places for both options.
Those members of the Location Search Team are Lori Braswell, Carol Jones, Linda Lundy, Jim Murdock, Chuck Harrison, and myself. Special assistance is coming from Brad Stephens who has been on site with us to provide immediate information on properties even as we see them, to help us determine whether or not they are viable.
When we come up with at least three viable options, we will meet with the Board of Directors to compare and determine the best of those options. When we come up with a clear “best” long term option in the case of a purchase, we will then bring that information to you, the congregation. As for short term, hopefully, we’ll find a place which will tide us over comfortably – but not so comfortably that we’ll quit looking for the long term option. Even after we move into a short term option, this team will continue to meet until we have settled on a long-term option.
As of today, if you’ve heard any rumors of where we will be meeting on Palm Sunday, I will say that they are nothing more than rumors. Until Palm Sunday, we hope to see you every Sunday at Oconee Chapel.
Sharing with you in prayer and determination,