The enemy planned evil against us but God used those same plans for our good. (Genesis 50:20)
My precious, Godly grandmother, Sis. Pearl Haymon, speaking at our 1973 sanctuary dedication service, wisely said, “God has A Way, A Time, and a People.”
His ways are higher than ours; He has an acceptable time; and He has a peculiar people.
Yesterday, we may have sustained the worst natural disaster in our 55-year existence. During sanctuary roof replacement, an uncommonly flooding downpour hit our neighborhood. Where the roofing material had been removed, (about 50% was exposed), rainwater poured into the sanctuary. One restoration specialist estimated that the damage, repairs, and replacements may all tally higher than $50,000. Aren’t we thankful for insurance? The roofing contractor has excellent liability insurance, as does the general contractor, to say nothing of our own church coverage. From this vantage point, replacement for all of our equipment, fixtures, and instruments (those beyond repair) is fully assured! As I type this message, a crew of over 20 restoration professionals are working around the clock to make the rain water extraction as immediate as possible.
When I arrived on the scene, shortly after the storm, we already had a faithful crew of saints working feverishly to begin the salvaging process.
At our initial meeting with the restoration contractor, we had the following CAC lineup of leadership in the room: Tom Schirmer, Safety Coordinator; Dominick Porquis, Facility Director; Sam Kelly, Music Director; Chad Monteith, Communications Director; Ray Cuellar, Pastor’s Administrative Leader; and Lucas Guth, Security Coordinator. Our restoration contractor verbally marveled at our orderly emergency response. Just a few minutes ago, I met the night foreman, Todd, a nice gentleman from Dallas, TX, who told my wife and I, “As a restoration company, we NEVER arrive on the scene of a crisis to find such calm, organized people, each taking their share of the work; kids laughing, and everyone working as a team!”
May I share the scripture that immediately flashed through my mind? It goes like this (Jesus praying for believers):
That they may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me….I in them, and thou in me, that they may be perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou has sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:21,23)
Think about it: We have crews of strangers walking the halls of prayer, working in the place where we worship, and passing our tract rack–prime candidates for receiving the message of salvation that is clearly displayed, and sensing the Holy Spirit of God in His dedicated house!
Dear saint of CAC, the enemy has a plan to kill, steal, and destroy; but I declare, God used those same plans for our good!
Please pray for our witness to be all that it should be! “The church that prays together, connects everything to a soul.” (An upcoming church Bible lesson, Lord willing!)
We’ll not only survive, but we’ll come out on top, in Jesus’ Name!
I hope you enjoy the photos I’m sharing along with this message. They are somewhat self-explanatory. (Thanks, Jen Monteith, for sharing the cartoon captioned photo!)
A great big THANKS to everyone who showed up, in rapid response to our initial call for help. We must’ve had 30 – 40 CAC members gathered at one point!
A few announcements:
Tonight’s 8:00 PM church-wide prayer meeting has been changed in location, to your place of residence. 🙂
Music practices are cancelled for this Saturday.
Location of Sunday services is pending restoration progress. Stay tuned. (If you are not receiving the CAC announcements via text message on your cell phone, please email your name and number to Chad Monteith at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Quick report on Terry McClimans: He’s been moved to a private room at Craig hospital and his progressing very nicely! For now, NO VISITORS PLEASE. Let’s allow him ample time to transition into his new quarters and rehab program.
Last but not least, Congratulations to Shawn and Maria Robertson on their new son-in-law! (Their eldest daughter, Danielle, was married last night!)
May our Lord and Savior bless and comfort you as you remain in His hands.
Your loving shepherd under the Great Shepherd,
Rev. D. E. Haymon II
Calvary Apostolic Church of Denver
5900 E. Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80222
“Denver’s Apostolic Holiness Witness Since 1956”