The hearing for a continuance with VDOT was moved from Friday, June 30, to Thursday, July 6. It will be held at 2:00 PM at the Norfolk Circuit Courthouse, Courtroom 4B (Judge Jerrauld Jones). We would like for as many of our members as possible to attend the hearing to demonstrate support of First Baptist Norfolk’s opposition to the motion for continuance.
If you are able attend, here are some basic guidelines:
- Have your photo ID (driver’s license) with you, but do not bring other items into the courthouse.
Leave phones, laptops, food, drinks, bags, etc. behind as they are not permitted through security.
- Please be in Courtroom 4B (Judge Jerrauld Jones) in the Norfolk Circuit Courthouse by 1:00 PM.
- The Norfolk Circuit Courthouse is located at 150 St. Paul’s Boulevard. Parking is available for the courthouse at the Commercial Place Garage (520 E Main Street, Norfolk) and the Dominion Tower Parking Garage (999 Waterside Drive, Norfolk).
- The church will be renting two buses, departing from the church at 12:30 PM. Seating on these buses is first come, first served.
- You are also welcome to park at the church and ride The Tide to the Civic Plaza Station.
As another busy summer becomes more behind us than before us, it’s time for all kinds of “back to__________” occasions. We have our next Campus Catalyst meeting on August 28 at 5 pm in the Worship Center. We will talk about where we are, where we are going, and seek the heart of God for how He wants us to respond to the opportunity of the Interstate construction project.
The picture above was taken August 24, 2016 and shows progress of the installation of the new cooling tower. This project has been going on for about 6 weeks and should finish within the next 2 months. The disruption of the parking lot in this area is a preview of things to come when the interstate construction begins.
Our guest parking was relocated because we lost the convenient entrance to the area. This move of guest parking to the Southeast portion of the property is under review for a possible permanent relocation.
Continue to pray that God would have favor on our church and for us to hear how He wants us to respond in the days ahead.
“Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chronicles 28:20 ESV)
The highway project will expand the capacity of the I-64 westbound to I-264 eastbound interchange. This interchange is notorious for morning and evening backups on I-64. You can find out more about this project on the VDOT website: http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i-64-i-264_ramp_and_i-264_to_witchduck_road_project.asp
We recognize that the community will benefit from this project and thousands of Hampton Roads residents and visitors will have safer, more efficient travel. This project will have significant long-term impact on our campus, temporary impact on how we interact with our campus, however we believe it will serve as a catalyst for expanding our mission.
First Norfolk has been proactive in anticipation of this project. Two teams have been formed, a Vision Team and a Details Team. The Vision team is studying the long-term implications and developing a 90 day, 1 year and 10 year plan. The Details Team is taking care of how we handle the present and immediate needs to ensure that ministry still happens in an excellent manner. The church has attorneys that are working with the VDOT attorneys on land acquisition and schedules.
Signs of progress are beginning to be seen around the interchange. Survey markers are popping up, utility poles are being relocated and the 7-11 on Newtown Road is now closed. For First Norfolk, initially, we will see the maintenance building vacated and the cooling tower that services the HVAC system replaced and re-located. Details of this will be presented at a called church conference meeting on June 1, 2016 in the Fellowship Hall at 5:45 pm.
We host Campus Catalyst meetings each month to inform the church, hear concerns from our membership and to pray. Our next meeting is Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm in the Worship Center. At the April meeting significant time was devoted to prayer and Pastor Eric led us to pray for faith, favor, wisdom, unity and mission.
Join us in prayer for these five things and participate in the Campus Catalyst meetings. God has great things in store for His Church and exciting days are ahead as we Love God, Love Others, Live the Mission and Make Disciples.