Sunday, December 17, 2006

Battery Park City

Today we took advantage of the beautiful weather and explored the Battery Park City and Tribeca neighborhoods as possibilities for a church community.

(See them? Down toward the bottom)

Battery Park City was hit hard on 9/11. More than two thirds of the residents fled to escape the dust and debris of the fallen towers (Got that info from Wikipedia, so take it for what it's worth). Soon after, the gov't began offering insane tax incentives to spur redevelopment, and since that time high rise developments have sprouted like very tall, very expensive weeds.

Tribeca has seen some change in the last ten years as well. Many industrial buildings have been converted into residential lofts, and it's the trendy place to live. Tribeca has an subtle vibe of creativity and innovation running through it.

In the past couple of weeks, our eyes were continually drawn to these neighborhoods...people in these areas express a desire for a church that has family-like community mixed with strong, in-depth teaching and preaching.

Many of you are praying for us, and we are grateful for that. This week in your prayers, please ask that we are able to see clearly where God would have us do this work. It's coming down to the wire, and we need to make this decision.

Thank you...


chelle said...

Hey, would you live right there as well? or stay in your apartment, or even move to say, Brooklyn?

Dana said...

We'd try to live there...we feel it's important to share our lives with the neighborhood as much as possible...real community, you know?
However, rent would be around (gulp) $4,000/month.
We've said it before, we'll say it again: God, if you open this door, we'll walk through it. If the door is closed, please face us in the right direction...

Michelle said...

We will certainly be praying for this opportunity. I know God will make it clear to you! I heard that Steve will preaching at our church on Christmas Eve. We are looking forward to it as always!

Michelle said...

I just read yesterday that Drew Barrymore has a place in Tribeca. Thought of you immediately when I read it. I'm sure that makes your decision easier.