Today was really exciting. A meeting was arranged by Fr. Charles at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rolla for us to meet the president of the Knights of Columbus chapter at their building on Newman Road at about 10am this morning. (If you don’t know what Knights of Columbus is – I didn’t – here’s some information on their charitable cause.) He took us in and showed us around as we tried to visualize how we might set up the first chapel space for an Orthodox Christian community in Rolla. Here are a few photos of the building:
On the inside there is a large space to set up a temporary chapel every Saturday, a commercial-grade kitchen, and an eating area. The building itself is visible from SR 72, the main road nearby, has plenty of parking, is handicap accessible, and – to top it off – is nestled amongst Rolla’s 150 year-old city graveyard! What a beautiful situation to be able to pray so near the graves and for the souls of those who have gone before us in Rolla. Also within walking distance is a baseball diamond, a kids playground, an outdoor pavilion, and picnic benches aplenty. (You can see everything in a Google map here)
We have two weeks to get ready to begin holding services there. We’ll do some cleaning, some advertising in the local paper (we found out they run church service times in the Rolla, St. Robert, and Waynesville papers every Friday, for free), and start collecting and preparing everything to hold our first service on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. We’re hoping Fr. Andrew will be able to serve the Liturgy for us, but if not we’ll have Matins or a simple morning prayer service instead.
If you’re in the area, please join us!
We couldn’t be more grateful. Glory to God for all things!