A Message From Our Minister

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August 3, 2014

Hold that Thought…

After two weeks of vacation (highlighted by the birth of our first grand baby girl!), I am glad to be back in business.  And I am delighted to share a couple of updates in the life of our church.  The first falls in the area of personnel.  After a thorough search process, the Personnel Committee has hired our new Business Administrator.  As many of you know, Howard Barnard completed his year as interim on June 30.  We are grateful for the enthusiastic leadership he offered from the corner office.  Howard (and Connie!) are grateful that retirement days are here again! 

Our new Business Administrator is Frank Buono (pronounced Bew-No).  Frank brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the position.  He served in similar positions, on a much larger scale, in school districts in New Jersey.  As an early retiree living at the beach, Frank is excited to apply his skills to this new adventure.  You will find Frank to be exceptionally personable, extremely competent, and eager to serve.  Frank will be in the Grissom Office three days a weeks and will be at the Kings Campus most Sunday mornings.  We are blessed that he is on board with us.  Please welcome Frank as he learns his new line of work! 

The other update comes from the Vision Team.  This team continues to meet about every three weeks to further plans for the Grissom Campus.  At a recent meeting I mentioned that I have a friend who is an Architectural Master Planner.  More specifically, his specialty is in master design for churches.  The team asked me to invite Allen Freeman to join us for the early phase of this project.  Recently retired as Senior Partner of the award-winning firm of Freeman & Major (Greenville, SC), Allen has graciously agreed to share his gifts with us. 

Early in this process, the team will meet several times with Allen in order to develop a master plan that fits our needs and our property.  Mr. Freeman, a Presbyterian elder, has helped many churches in the upstate accomplish their goals.  He is delighted to spend some time on the coast doing the same for us!  Please note that once the final plan is in place, architectural design and construction will be bid for local contracts.  Allen’s job is simply to make sure that what we build will work well for us.  The team is most grateful for his willing efforts! 



     Dr. John C. Brearley

       Senior Minister



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