As we near the 20th anniversary of the founding of our parish (on March 3, 1996), St. Gregory’s is embarking on a new chapter in our parish life. We are purchasing a 2.11-acre parcel of land at 13407 Roxbury Road in Silver Spring, Maryland for our new home. There is a small house on the property which can be remodeled and enlarged for our use. We are soliciting the expert advice of site engineers, contractors, architects, and land development lawyers to see how best to make this a suitable place for Orthodox worship. In the meantime, the buyers of our Euclid Street home have agreed to let us continue worshiping there for another six months.
The first phase of the work on the new property will be to create a chapel, to enlarge the parking area, and to make certain that all the legal requirements are met in order to obtain a change of use permit and an occupancy permit.
A second phase of work will include creating an entrance on Randolph Road where we will be more visible and accessible and further enlarging parking areas. We hope that, within five to ten years, we will be able to begin phase three of our plan and build a larger church on another area of the property, using the first chapel as the parish hall.
While we are able to make this purchase with the sale of the Euclid Street property and our current financial resources, we will be obtaining a building loan for all the work that needs to be done. Fund-raising will be a part of this effort.
As we have prayed for God’s guidance to find that “good place” where we can worship Him and grow in our faith, we will continue to pray for guidance as we meet new challenges – and joys – in the coming months and years. O how amiable are thy dwellings, thou Lord of hosts. [Ps. 84:1]
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