An Open Door-Gallery Church and Patterson Park Baptist





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Published on Aug 28, 2013

An Open Door

Greetings, Gallery Church Family.

Oftentimes we hear trite sayings about doors and God. For example, you have probably heard someone say that when God closes a door, he opens another one (or maybe a window). I suppose the window is either to provide ventilation or for you to crawl through...not sure about that one...

Anyway, doors don't just close on us, they sometimes open up in unusual ways. I really like what Henry Ward Beecher says about open doors of opportunity: "A door that seems to stand open must be of a man's size, or it is not the door that providence means for him." (this does seem to rule out crawling through windows, I guess).

So, what happens when the door in front of you not only opens wide, but seems like it's so wide and so open that you and your church family could walk through it?

Well....I call that showing off.

Over the course of the last month, I have been invited to walk through open door after open door, and the doorways have gotten progressively wider, while what's on the other side has become more and more unbelievable.

What I am about to share with you is the realization of one of the things our church leadership, staff, and congregation have praying for: a permanent place to call home. Even this week, we have shed many tears of joy over how God has provided for us in ways we never would have imagined.

Patterson Park Baptist Church is a historic church in the Highlandtown/Canton area at the southwest corner of Patterson Park on Eastern Ave. After 100 years of ministry and service to our community, the church members there have decided to dissolve as a church, while inviting the Gallery to carry on the work of the kingdom in their facilities, standing on the shoulders of those who have come before us.

Beginning sometime this fall, we will assume full control and ownership of the facilities currently known as Patterson Park Baptist Church, allowing us to continue to display the greatness of God to the Highlandtown, Canton, and Patterson Park neighborhoods. These buildings, which have been very well maintained, will allow us space to worship and grow, expand our opportunities to love and teach children, and offer permanent office space for our staff.

We will be releasing more important details in the coming weeks, but we do want to share that we will continue to meet at our current downtown location at the 1840s building. We will, however, be transitioning out of both our current Highlandtown location at Salem UMC and our office space in Harbor East over the course of the move.

And one more thing. Traditionally, church doors were painted red to indicate that the church no longer carried any debt. You'll notice that the doors of PPBC are no exception. The church is transferring their buildings, recently valued at over 2 million dollars, to us with no debt and at no price. The technical term is FREE!

I look forward to celebrating this with you over the coming months, as we see our God continue to open doors in our city!
Grace and Peace be with you!


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