No Lazy Days of Summer for Foundry UMCBy: Val Sachs
As you read this, chances are that architectural plans are being consulted and walls are being knocked down to build Foundry’s new sanctuary and offices in Otay Ranch. It is an exciting time as former warehouse suites 103 and 104 are transformed into the area’s first United Methodist Church – a place for worship and service to the community. Foundry’s projected opening date is September 9, 2012, which means that a lot will be happening during July and August to meet our schedule.
God has provided an amazing team of professionals and business owners who have dedicated themselves to making this vision a reality. Special appreciation goes to our architect, Russ Tsuchida; our project coordinator Don DeMent; and in-kind donors Stan Davis and Ivan Marin. Others on the Foundry construction team include Curt Bauer of Integrated Sign Associates; Shaun Barber of Ink Electric; Keith Kruse of Kruse & Associates; Craig Moya of Engineered Systems; Matt Mauzy of Mauzy Heating and Air Conditioning and White Construction.
We are grateful for our wonderful Foothills investors who have pledged support to Foundry as well as the ongoing New Ministries Grants we have received from our Annual Conference. In another answered prayer, Pastor Christian learned last month that the San Diego District Union & Trustees approved a $100,000 grant to go towards the church’s construction expenses. You might think that our fundraising needs would be met at this point, but the rules surrounding public meeting places make a project like this expensive. We continue to seek out new funding sources in our community and beyond.
In the midst of all this, Foundry continues to be an active church that is ministering to Eastlake and Otay Ranch. On June 24, we held our first preview service in our new home. It was a joyful morning of prayer, Bible study, song and communion. Afterwards, we talked about each person’s perceptions about worship and church. What would they like to see included when we meet again? What would they do differently? We will be able utilize these insights when we meet for our second preview service in late July.
Also on Foundry’s plate this summer is our Friday Movies Under the Stars series, now in its second year. Like last summer, we have invited community members to enjoy a free movie in the park along with complimentary snacks and drinks. This year, we have added a slightly different twist to the series. In cooperation with Chula Vista’s Campaign For Grade-Level Reading, the movies that are being shown are all adaptations of popular children’s books. Chula Vista’s Mayor Cheryl Cox has invited Foundry to partner with her to maximize the number of the city’s third graders who are reading at, or above, grade level. Several studies show that the third grade literacy milestone is a huge indicator of future success in high school and college. At each of Foundry’s movie presentations this summer, students who have read the book for that night’s movies will earn a prize. In June, Foundry showed Mr. Popper’s Penguins and it was thrilling to see young readers lined up to tell us their favorite part of the book they read in preparation. On July 27, we will be showing Dolphin Tale and the series will end on August 31 with a showing of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Our times at Montevalle Recreation Center showing these films are always a lot of fun – and also a lot of work. We always need volunteers who can help set up the giant inflatable screen, provide hospitality to our viewers or staff the snack bar. We meet at the recreation center at 840 Duncan Ranch Rd. at 6:30 p.m. and begin showing the movie at dusk – soon after 8 p.m. If you can’t help, feel free to bring a chair or a blanket and join us for a movie. The large soccer field drew more than 200 people last month, but there’s always room for more!
So, summer of 2012 will be anything but a “lazy” time for Foundry and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The seed that Foothills has planted and nurtured in Otay Ranch is thriving, blooming and soon to bear fruit. On September 9, Foundry will open its doors and invite all seekers to enter. The legacy continues – Community serving community for the transformation of the world!