At the beginning of August, VDOT installed a time-lapse construction camera to allow the public to view the progress on the I-64/I-264 interchange project. Our church is featured prominently in this time-lapse view. You can watch the time-lapse video on VDOT’s project website homepage here: http://www.i64i264improvements.org
Since its beginning 10 years ago, Project Comfort’s mission has been to bring comfort to people — whether that’s a making a pillow for a woman with breast cancer, an outfit for a newborn in need, a crocheted hat for a homeless person, a stethoscope cover for a medical missions trip, or a lap quilt for a veteran in the hospital. This sewing ministry is all about “paying it forward,” said Debbie Allen, one of the women who helped start Project Comfort.
On any given Tuesday, if you stop by the Cross Roads Center’s second floor, you’ll find anywhere between 6 to 26 volunteers from First Baptist Norfolk and other local churches sewing, ironing, cutting fabric, crocheting, or stuffing pillows. This group has made bibs for disabled children at St. Mary’s Home; helped start similar sewing ministries in Peru and South Asia; created items to send with our Mission Journey teams; provided baby quilts for pregnant teens; created backdrops and table cloths for our own church; and much more in the years since it began.
“Not only are we able to serve our local community, military community, and reach out across the oceans, we are also able to minister to our own right here as we work to serve others,” Debbie said.
Project Comfort is an unpaid volunteer ministry that is completely self-funded through donations. There is much work to be done, and you can be involved! If you’re interested in volunteering or donating to Project Comfort, please contact Debbie Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about First Norfolk Women’s Ministries here: www.firstnorfolk.org/women
Road closure details:
- 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday | July 21-24
- Southbound Kempsville Road will be completely closed from the stoplight at Center Drive to Blackstone Street.
- Northbound Kempsville Road will be reduced to one lane (the right lane) from Blackstone Street to Center Drive.
Southbound traffic on Kempsville Road will be detoured to a left on Center Drive to a right on Newtown Road to a right on Kempsville Road. Map on next page.
First Baptist will continue to have access via the northbound lanes of Kempsville Road. The exact location of where the two northbound lanes will be reduced to one lane has yet to be determined. It will be after the first entrance, but setback requirements for the lane closure may force the taper to begin at or near the second entrance at Blackstone Road. The third entrance/exit will remain accessible via the one lane of northbound Kempsville Road.
Reason for the closures:
VDOT’s construction contractor for the 64/264 Interchange Improvements Project will be drilling three shafts in the median of Kempsville Road for pier foundations to support the new bridge over Kempsville Road. This new bridge will be the new collector-distributor road on I-264 east. More background on the project is at www.i64i264improvements.org.
Workers will be drilling the shafts, installing rebar and pouring concrete. They plan to do two shafts the first weekend (July 7-10) and one shaft the second weekend (July 21-24). Afterward, you will see rebar sticking out from the shafts. The contractor will return at a later date (yet to be scheduled) to pour concrete for the columns and cap them, and eventually set the beams for the new bridge. All that additional work means there will be future impacts to Kempsville Road. We will let you know as soon as those dates are scheduled.
What You Need to Know
1. The sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Kempsville Road will remain open
2. The west annex parking (across the street) is accessible via Blackstone Street only.
3. Pedestrian traffic will be able to cross Kempsville Road except in the work area.
4. All 3 entrance/exits to the church campus are usable.
5. There will not be construction traffic on the church campus.
6. An extra shuttle will run each of these weekends from the 3 parking areas served by the shuttles: Cross Roads Center, HRT/Tide, and Fortis College at the Interstate Commerce Center on Center Drive. See map below for these locations.
7. Allow extra time to get into the building.
8. All scheduled church activities will take place.
If you have any questions, please comment below.
Thanks to Dave Forster with VDOT for details on this closure.
We received a ruling from the judge concerning VDOT’s request for a continuance in their case with First Norfolk. The judge granted the continuance and the new date for the trial will be set in August. We are thankful for the consideration of the judge although it didn’t go the way we desired. We believe that this is part of God’s wondrous purposes as we continue to shine the light of the gospel throughout the seven cities of Hampton Roads and around the world.
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.