On Wednesday, November 13th, the vestry voted unanimously to move our congregation to Del Cerro Baptist Church. We will therefore be working over the next few weeks to finalize the lease between our churches. This location offers us many advantages: it keeps us near to San Diego State University; it is in a neighborhood close to which we already have two small groups; the campus offers us amenities for worship, fellowship, children’s education, and storage; and the Baptist congregation is open to partnering for mission and ministry.
Admittedly there are disadvantages to this location, as there are with any we considered. The primary ‘cost’ for Del Cerro Baptist Church is that it will require us to worship in the afternoon. We acknowledge that this will be an adjustment for all of us, one that will require us to continue to love one another sacrificially.
Our last Sunday at Bethel Seminary will be Sunday, December 29th. During this service we will celebrate what God has done in and through us for our ten years in this location. Because we are staying at Bethel through December, our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will still be at Bethel.
Our first Sunday at Del Cerro Baptist will be Sunday, January 5th. We are confirming dates to physically move our items from Bethel to DCBC and will publicize those very soon. For that move, there are a number of ways to help: volunteer a truck or vehicle, volunteer to help move boxes, provide refreshments for the movers, be on site praying for the move and our new space, and be on a cleaning team to clean the old and new storage rooms.
As a first step in mission, we plan to hold our annual Christmas caroling in our new neighborhood around DCBC. This event will be on Sunday, December 22nd and will last from 5:30-6:30pm. In addition to caroling for our new neighbors, and enjoying some cookies, tea, and cocoa afterwards, this would be a good time to see the new sanctuary and church campus.
God is good, and He is leading us into this next phase of faithful worship and mission. Still, it can be unnerving to go with Him at times. Please reach out to the clergy, staff, and vestry if you have any concerns about this process.