ONE: The team has been collating and cataloging concerns and inputs about the design we received from McKenna Landscape. The Team hopes to meet with McKenna Design soon to share their work, giving high-level design goals, and asking for a re-design.
TWO: Wherever the river flows, life will flourish. One particular aspect of the re-design is the creation of a rock river that will flow out from the south face of the church on Oak Avenue and be reminiscent of the stream of life described in a vision in Ezekiel 47:
Now he brought me back to the entrance to the Temple. I saw water pouring out from under the Temple porch to the east (the Temple faced east). The water poured from the south side of the Temple, south of the altar. He then took me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the gate complex on the east. The water was gushing from under the south front of the Temple.
He told me, This water flows east, descends to the Arabah and then into the sea, the sea of stagnant waters. When it empties into those waters, the sea will become fresh. Wherever the river flows, life will flourish-great schools of fish-because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. Where the river flows, life abounds. Fishermen will stand shoulder to shoulder along the shore from En-gedi all the way north to En-eglaim, casting their nets. The sea will teem with fish of all kinds, like the fish of the Great Mediterranean.
THREE: The Team is working to keep relationships a top priority in their work, mindful that design work and conversations around the aesthetics of landscaping can become emotionally charged. We hold up the scriptural value that people and the relationships between them are more important than plants, trees, fences, rock rivers, landscapes, or buildings. Praise God!