By the summer of 1997, they had found a place that they liked very much. On a trip to Egypt during the summer of 1997, Fr. Rewais met with H.H. Pope Shenouda III to discuss the progress of the church. During that meeting, Fr. Rewais told His Holiness about the prospective place for the church, and asked for His Holiness’ prayers. In the following issue of Al Keraza magazine, Fr. Rewais found, to his surprise, that His Holiness included a portion about the news of St. George’s Church congregation purchasing a building in Astoria, NY to make their permanent church building.
Upon his return to the United States, Fr. Rewais and the board continued negotiations with the owners of the prospective location, and it was clear that St. George had finally chosen a location for his church. The owner’s name was George, and Fr. Rewais repeatedly told him that the building was going to continue to carry the name of George – either the owner will not sell or it will become St. George’s Church. At some point, when the negotiations became heated over $100,000, God used the owner’s wife who spoke up and informed the group that she was going to donate that amount from her share, allowing the purchase to go through. The closing date was finally scheduled, the date by which the down payment was also due. A few days before the down payment was due, Fr. Rewais was informed that there was not enough money in the church’s account to cover the amount due. Fr. Rewais called upon his flock to join him in prayers for this cause. In response to all the prayers, the owner called about a day before the closing was scheduled and requested that the closing be rescheduled to a later date.