There’s a theory that the world completely changes every 80 or so years. The world of the 1860s was not the same as it was during the Revolution. The world of the 1940s was not the same as it was during the Civil War, and the world of today is not the same as it was during World War II. Whether we accept this theory or not, we owe a debt to those parishioners in a brand-new parish, St. James, nearly 100 years ago. They built a foundation for us in a world full of change.
Now it’s our turn. You may get a call, or an invitation to Zoom, with a member of our Centennial Committee. You may be asked to dream a little bit. You may be asked to stretch your imagination. You may be asked to
think about the physical things and the ministries that define St. James for you and for our community in the present. And you will certainly be asked what we should do now to build a foundation for parishioners we will
never meet 100 years from now.
We want to get everyone’s input, but please be patient with us. It will take a little time to get to everyone. When we’ve heard your ideas, we may contact you again to help set priorities and turn our dreams into concrete actions. In the meantime, we’re working with the East Tennessee Community Design Center to see what changes we can make to our physical facilities to improve our service to our neighbors. And, we’re also evaluating our
worship space so it will still be around for another 100 years.
Our 100-Year anniversary is still a few years away, but we want to be confident that we are prepared for another 100 years of unbelievable changes. If you have questions about our upcoming centennial, please feel free to contact Lee Creech, 865-919-5315, firstname.lastname@example.org.