The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:3
After a couple of years of actively looking and much prayer, we joyfully announce the opening of the Epiclesis “Chapter House” (right) in Old Fair Oaks Village.
We’ll continue to worship and have major gatherings at our present Carmichael location at the Chapel on Winding Way, with no plans to move, but will use the Chapter House for office needs and small meetings, Bible study, prayer, and as a launching pad for ministry. Our congregation and elders have longed for place we could call our own during the week. Now, with God’s direction and provision, we have found a wonderful space.
Why is it called a “Chapter House”? A chapter house is a building or room attached to a cathedral where meetings are held. In monastic communities, the monks gather there to read aloud from the Bible, discuss theology, or share the news of the day. We love the idea of recovering and reinterpreting this practice in an Ancient-Future way.
The address is: 7985 Park Drive; Fair Oaks; 95628, right across the street from the Plaza Park, Village Park, and Fair Oaks Theater Festival– and just a short stroll to all the Fair Oaks Village shops and restaurants (left).
Would you like to see more pictures of the interior spaces of the Chapter House (as it was set up by the previous tenants), as well as a map? Please click right here. And if you’d like to see the short PowerPoint presentation we gave to the congregation in late June, please click this link.
We’re using the time between now and a tentative start date of mid-August to get things ready. We’re even going to have an old-fashioned “pounding” at the open house (find about about a pounding by scrolling down this page just a bit more). We really need your help with all kinds of items, so please check out the needs list just below.
About Old Fair Oaks: The Village is a regional destination with a cozy, small-town appeal. About a half-mile from the American River Parkway, it’s home to parks, a playground, quaint shops, coffee spots, and eateries– not to mention lots of chickens. The Fair Oaks Theatre Festival has been offering professional plays, concerts, and comedy nights to the community for nearly 40 years. The Village is bike- and pedestrian-friendly and draws lots of visitors, especially to summer concerts on Thursdays in the park. Christmas in the Village, complete with carolers, tree lighting and a parade, is also a local favorite.
A “Pounding” for the Chapter House??
No, we’re not going to drive nails or whack the sides of the building. A pounding is an old custom, especially in the South, when newlyweds or a new member of the community moved into their new home. The name “pounding” likely came from staple items sold by the pound– say, sugar, flour, cornmeal, coffee, and even nails. People would come to the house and bring a pound of this or pound of that– all kinds of items to stock the pantry of the happy couple or newcomers (or preachers– it happened a lot in church communities, too).
So, we’re looking to have a “pounding” for the Chapter House in mid-August (that’s our target date) when we official open the ministry center.
Can you please help us? We’ve posted a list at church of some of the many needs we have in order to get ready for the grand opening. Click here to read the list, and send us an email if you’d be willing to supply something for our new ministry. Don’t feel like shopping? You can always us our secure, online giving portal to make a tax-deductible donation. If you like, a check to our P.O. Box will also work: 11230 Gold Express Drive, #310-214
Gold River, CA 95670-4484.
Bless you… and come see us at the Chapter House!