Our Completed Church! Lots of pictures, from moving in to the 1st services.

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

And at long last, the good work of building our church has been completed.

We have a beautiful new temple!!

Much more here, with lots of pictures, including the outside, living fence, the holy certificate of occupancy, the moving in process, first weekened services, and very cute grandchildren 9they have good genetics!)

Go to this post from my daughter’s excellent “Mommy blog”: http://momology.blogspot.com/2010/06/our-church.html

Pictures of our first liturgy May 31/June 13 2010

The First Liturgy, May 31/ June 13 2010,
Two days after we attained our long sought after occupancy permit. We only had time to hang iconostasis icons. The mood was festive, the liturgy prayerful, the acoustics excellent, the children excited, and the hall is already too small!

Video introduction to the new temple on the day of its first liturgy

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPJSVormbOM Also at: Daily Motion: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/22956735  Yahoo: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/7648355/20317955  Metacafe (looks like they add advertisements in the beginning): http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4750300/  Blip.tv: http://www.blip.tv/file/3751449 More pictures to come

A most beautiful bush.

This is what we we fighting for tonight. We submitted a request to the city to be allowed to put up a "living fence" of Nellie R Stevens Hollies around the inside perimeter of our property instead of building a concrete fence, which was FAR beyond our means. Tonight, the Planning and Zoning Commission of… Continue reading A most beautiful bush.

Where thieves break through and steal. Our A/C has been stolen.

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  (20)  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  (21)  For where your treasure is, there will your… Continue reading Where thieves break through and steal. Our A/C has been stolen.

Sponsor a Tree. A Fundraising Drive for St. Nicholas Church in McKinney, TX

Our new church is nearly complete, but the cost for landscaping is much higher than we expected or than we can afford.

Can you help us by sponsoring a tree or bush?

ALL the trees are REQUIRED by the City of McKinney, and the prices we’ve found are extremely good.

Benefactors will be commemorated at every Liturgy in perpetuity, and a plaque will be placed on the tree if the donations are made in somebody’s memory. …

It has finally happened! Pictures of parking lot pour, and artisric designs for ouside stucco and stonework

We have had many delays in getting the parking lot done. Finally, today, we are pouring the parking lot and sidewalks

After Lazarus Saturday Liturgy I went over to see progress on the pour with Michael Daum, and was thrilled to also see some real artistry in the stone and stucco work. The pictures show some progress on the parking lot and stucco and stone work.

We will not come even close to getting in by Pascha, but I can say with confidence that our first liturgy will include the singing of “Christ is risen”!

We need some help to finish our temple in McKinney Texas

Reaching the final stages of our building project, St. Nicholas has encountered unexpectedly high costs for the completion of the landscaping required by the city of McKinney.

We have received a quote of $35,000: $7,600 for the installation of the required sprinkler system, $11,000 for the required trees and plants (the city has specified exactly what we must plant), and $15,000 for soil, fertilizer, grass and tree/plant installation.

This quote is about $20,000 higher than we expected, and these costs will prevent us from moving into our new facility – if we spend every dime we have available, we still will be far short. This is a critical time, and we need help.

Pictures of primed church, main doors, parking lot

Pictures from yesterday. Priming is done. They are painting today. If the weather holds, the parking lot will be poured next week, and the outside stone will be on in 1 1/2 weeks. We are getting very close. The church sounds really good!