June has been a time of transition for us, in at least two ways. First, our church has moved to a new building. The congregation Leive and I have attended since 2006 has never owned its own building. Instead, they have shared space with another congregation, and held their services on Saturday night, instead of Sunday morning, so they won’t get in the way. Myself, I liked going on Saturday night, because it is always easier to get Leive out of the house in the evening than it is in the morning!
Now the building has been sold, so both we and the other congregation had to get out. The church had been meeting there since July 2000, almost fourteen years. We had our last service in there on June 7. This group picture was taken on that night; it’s probably the last picture anyone in the congregation took in that building. I’m on the left in the pinkish white shirt, while Leive is wearing red and purple.
Fortunately our pastor had known since January that we would be leaving. Around May he found out that the Assembly of God church on the north side of Lexington would be willing to share space with us. Thus, we had our first service in the new place the next Saturday, June 14. So far we have gotten along great with the other church; their pastor spoke at our June 21 service, and we are planning to meet together on July 6 to hear our local congressman. My pastor is even starting to talk about their congregation merging with ours, after he retires.
For Leive and I it is a longer drive -– six miles instead of two and a half miles. Still, because the new location is just off New Circle Rd., we can usually get there in fifteen minutes.
The other move is work-related. Yes, I have been at my new job for just over two months, so it looks like I’m going to succeed there. Two weeks ago, my supervisor decided he wanted all technical writers in the same office where he resides, an unmarked building at the Richmond Mall. So last Wednesday, the 25th, I moved from the office outside the entrance to the Blue Grass Army Depot, into the Mall.
They have a funny tax structure in Madison County. I have learned that the county income tax is 2 percent in the city of Richmond, and 1 percent in rural areas; I don’t know what they charge in Berea, the county’s other significant community. That means they will be taking a bit more out of my paycheck every time. I hope I have enough in tax breaks elsewhere to get it back as a refund next spring. By contrast, when I worked in Florida, there were no state, county or local income taxes – but the sales tax was higher, and it varied from county to county.
So far I have found two advantages to the new location. First, it is two miles closer to my house; with all the driving I have to do every day, that matters. Second, there is a Wal-Mart Supercenter on one end of the Mall, and a Kroger on the other end. At least once each week, Leive sends me on an errand to get something at one or the other of those stores. Now if I run over there after work, I won’t be going out of my way!