April 14, 2019: Groundbreaking
Today, we had our ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Neighborhood Center at Almaden Neighborhood Church!
We chose Palm Sunday for the groundbreaking as it signified Jesus entering into the city.
During the worship service, I spoke on Joshua chapter 6 and the story of the Israelites going “one more time around” the city of Jericho until God finally brought the walls down. After the service, the entire congregation went outside and stood around the outline of the proposed new building. We held hands around the footprint and, although there are no walls yet, we formed the walls as the people of the church and the community. It was a beautiful sight! Then we all prayed a “reverse-Jericho” prayer, as we prayed the walls up (not down!).
Finally, we broke ground as we had three people from our community strike a golden shovel into the ground. Adarsh Nagarajan is nine years old and represented the children of the community. Adarsh started attending ANC shortly after he was born. It was also the same year that we started making plans for this building, so the dream for this Neighborhood Center is the same age as this young man! Brooke Thompson represented the teenagers in the community as she came to know Jesus through our kids’ summer program when she was in elementary school and now is a big part of our youth program. Alex Ross represented the adults of the community as he has been our architect on this project for the last nine years and has put in an incredible amount of work because he believes in the vision and cares about the cause.
It was a great day, and we can’t wait to gather again to dedicate this building and use it for the benefit of the community and the glory of God!