St. Julian of Norwich Closes on Land for New, Permanent Campus on Brushy Creek Road:
October 4, 2021
Dear St. Julian's Friends and Family:
It is with great joy and profound gratitude that I write everyone in the St. Julian's family with the news that this past Friday, Oct 1, the Great Commission Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas closed on about 9 acres of land on Brushy Creek Road for a permanent campus for St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church. Though an exact address has not yet been submitted, the land is on the northwest corner of Brushy Creek Road and Ranch Trails, caddy corner to Champion Park. Above is an architectural rendering of the Phase One building we intend to construct for our church created by our architects, McKinneyYork.
The process of locating and purchasing this land has been a long, challenging and beautiful journey that began over 6 years ago. The purchase, again, was made as a gift to our church by the Great Commission Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (GCF). GCF, led by our visionary Bishop, the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, was created, in part, to fund the beginning of new Episcopal congregations throughout the Diocese. GCF has unwaveringly supported St. Julian's from our beginning and, for their vision and tremendous support that has brought us to this great day, I say, on behalf of our family of faith, a most heartfelt thank you!
The work of purchasing this land has also been supported by so many at St. Julian's. This includes all who have contributed and continue to contribute or our Capital Campaign begun 4 years ago called Good Soil. Our Good Soil Campaign funded a Site Development Plan that will soon be approved by the City of Cedar Park and was required to close on the land. This process cost upwards of $300,000, which we were able to do together, again, through the generosity of all who contributed to Good Soil and, really, all who contribute time, talent and financial resources to God's mission and ministry in our church. Further, the closing process was overseen by a Closing Committee of St. Julian's members, including, Laura Tomaszewski (who also located the actual piece of land), Robert Wooten, and Justin Sutherland. This "closing" work was also supported by a consultant provided by GCF named Brian Birdwell.
There are many more people for whom we owe a great debt of gratitude, including, Jack and Patty Ely, who chaired the Good Soil Capital Campaign and all our previous Bishop's Wardens: Nancy Dolan, Bea Smith, Robbie Tomaszewski, Justin Sutherland, Jim Nance, Jack Ely, Hope Brusevold, Mason Terry, and Stuart Davis. I also want to thank, though too many to name individually, all current and former members of the our Bishop's Committee, all our current and former Ministry Leaders, all who served on the Good Soil Capital Campaign Committee, and our Staff. But, most of all, all glory goes to God in Christ who called us into being and has inspired and made possible all that we have together become and are yet still becoming.
Today is for celebrating, and I mean that! But, it must be said that much work lies ahead. Over the coming months, St. Julian's will begin a second capital campaign (Good Soil part 2) to support construction. Then we will break ground and oversee a significant building program that we intend, God willing, to begin in about a years time. And, really, all of that work begins with our annual giving drive, "The Season of Giving Thanks", that begins in about 2 weeks on Oct 17. For future capital fundraising and the raising of actual "brick and mortar" buildings begins with empowering our growth and ministry in the here and now. Being spiritually and financially fit in the near term makes all that follows possible. I invite us all to keep our hope-filled, God-led future in your daily prayers.
As our former Bishop's Warden, Robbie Tomaszewski, recently wrote to me, "This is wonderful news and a ray of light. With joy and hope we will cultivate good soil in our new space of which the world is in desperate need to which the last 2 years have borne witness."
I could not say it better, and it remains my greatest joy in ministry to share this beloved family of faith with each of you. I hope this reaches you an yours well, with much more to come. We have only just begun!
Peace and Warm Friendship,
The Rev. Miles R. Brandon, II
Vicar, St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church