As I have reported in the past, every week our office receives new building usage requests. So many, in fact, that we cannot accommodate all of them. To just give you an idea of how many, let me list them for you. At this time, we are negotiating with six different groups: the Seventh Day Adventists for regular Saturday usage; Raices Cultural Center for a late Sunday afternoon practice time; a Latino Pentacostal congregation for Sunday evenings (possibly); Collaborative Arts for another weekend theatrical performance; and two one-time events. Phew! It is quite overwhelming, to say the least, because we have to keep processes and negotiations going at times. This isn’t easy considering the regular workload of the pastorate.
It is truly amazing how many groups are seeking affordable space. It is our hope and vision to be able to accommodate many groups here in our buildings. Each one has their own constituency, which has proven beneficial in the long-run for supporting our facilities. As we have experienced in the past, our building usage groups have helped us out with upkeep, work days, painting, and donations. It is a true blessing to have so many groups interested.