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HFTC Project Update | November 11, 2020

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The below-grade construction work for the Heart for the City project has continued steadily throughout the summer and fall. Thankfully, the project has not been slowed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, the construction work is slightly ahead of schedule, as the bottom six floors of the parkade have now been constructed, and the construction should reach ground level in December. This means that the church displacement is likely to arrive a little earlier than previously expected – likely to be in mid-2021, perhaps as early as May – subject to confirmation. 

The church displacement will give way to the removal of heritage church building interior, releveling of basement floor, seismic and structural upgrade including new foundations, drainage, and roof. As a result, we are speeding up our planning and preparation for our relocation. We are creating an inventory of everything in the church building and determining what will be stored, recycled, and discarded. Additionally, we are moving towards securing our displacement sites for worship, ministry, and administrative activities. More details will follow soon. 

More than ever, we need to be praying! We need prayer for many things. Please pray for the construction process and the continued safety and well-being of the construction workers. Please pray for all of our staff and leaders who are involved in the relocation work and planning. Please pray that the Lord will guide us in all of the decisions to be made. And, please pray that our church will continually be rooted and grounded in the love of Jesus Christ, living solely for the glory of God. 

In Christ Alone, 
Justin Kim
Executive Minister

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HFTC Project Status Update (December 7, 2018)

Since the last update from the Project Oversight Committee, we have witnessed a lot of changes!

Last week, our 1023 and 1021 Nelson Street units were demolished. For 25 years, 1023 served as a dedicated space for our youth. Though originally named the Servants’ Quarters (SQ), it came to be called the “Youth House.” Along with 1045 (Rivendell), for many years, 1021 served the missional purpose of providing affordable housing for our neighbours. 

It is anticipated that our 1025 Nelson Street unit will be demolished as early as this coming Monday. 1025, known as the “Hobbit House,” was birthed in the 1970s as a Drop-In Centre and Coffee House. It originated out of our church family’s desire and plan to go beyond the walls of the church. Over the years, 1025 housed various outreach activities such as our coffee house program for street-involved youth, ESL classes for our internationals, and counselling.  

It is important for us to acknowledge the deep sense of loss and grief over these changes. For some of you, these units are associated with some significant memories. However, at the same time, the changes we are going through are for the sake of God’s mission. As followers of Jesus, we are being swept into hope. We are being challenged to reimagine how the unchanging Gospel can be lived out in a rapidly changing culture. Our Good Shepherd is leading us and renewing us through these displacements—often challenging us to step out of our comfort zones. In the end, the “greater” work that is underway is not the demolition and construction of our new facilities, rather the “greater” work is the transformation and renewal of our lives as individuals and as a community. 

Leslie J. Cummings, in narrating our first hundred years as a church, closes with these words: 

“We should not stand with our backs to the future, looking steadfastly into the past, but stand facing the future, supported by the heritage of the past.” 

As encouraged by our beloved brother, Leslie, who has now joined the great cloud of witnesses, we must give thanks for the past—God has been faithful to us through the years. We must also give thanks for all that is ahead! 

Lord, renew us. Lord, teach us to follow you, humbly and boldly. 

With joy, 
Justin Kim
Executive Minister

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