Dear Ones,

It is with joy that I share with you news regarding our intended purchase of Union Church, Port Royal.

Two weeks ago, Tom Miller, Lewis Tabb and I made a presentation to the Bishop and the Standing Committee of the diocese. Our purpose was to ask their blessing and consent to our purchasing Union Church. Two days later, I received a call stating that the committee “unanimously and enthusiastically” supported our proposal.

The following week, a meeting was held with the mayor of Port Royal to work out the details for a sale agreement. We now have a signed sales contract with the town. With this in hand, we can continue to move forward with completing the purchase by a closing date of July 1.

Last week a thorough building inspection was completed on the property. The building is in very good shape for its age (It’s true; they don’t make ‘em like they used to). There are no major concerns. The minor wear and tear items that were brought to our attention by the building inspector are ones that can be easily attended to over time. Having a signed sales agreement along with the completed inspection report allows us to focus our attention on financing the purchase.

We still have a number of steps to take before completing the sale on July 1.

This Sunday, May 13, there will be an informational meeting to bring you current with events that have taken place and, more importantly, let you know what to expect over the next several months. We will gather in the church between our two services, with plenty of time for you to grab a cup of coffee before the meeting begins.

My thanks to the over 20 people who have helped us get to this point. For nine years St. Mark’s has worshiped in Union Church. We are now closer than ever to calling it “home.”

See you Sunday.