visitation and what do I find while the Popster and I are out seeing visitors to our church? Yup, I found a church that is the epitome of finding a place to worship without fundraising, building new buildings and telling people they are evil if they don’t support such.
Wait – where can you find such a church? Hmm, how shall I say this; okay, just straight up. In a funeral home. That’s right, they are sharing a building that houses Deer Park Funeral home. It’s funny, we were just driving along and I saw this sign for a church called “In His Presence Fellowship”. Nice sign, not hand painted cardboard or anything like that. So, I’m looking around as we pass by and I comment to Pop that I don’t see any buildings around, just a parking lot next to the funeral home. He says, oh, that church shares the building with the funeral home.
After much giggling, I decided this just couldn’t be true. But Pop was quite certain of it, so on the way back, we checked out the sign more closely. Sign says: Sharing building. Hope for the body and soul.
Now, folks, how exactly do you invite your friends to your church? I mean, what do you tell them? Meet me at the funeral home? Go in the front door and turn right at the casket? Hey, friends are dying to get into our church? Oh, the smell? That’s just embalming fluid, one of our good members is being treated in the back. And a thousand others. You can read the city zoning ordinance permitting this here: Public Hearing
If these good people can find space without investing in brick and mortar (although to be fair, they mention in the hearing that they might do that someday), then why do we have to spend another million bucks? Come to think of it, there is a funeral home not too far from our new building. I wonder………………..