Ground Breaking at FC

Last Sunday, July 31st, we held a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off our new project to build a new auditorium.  It was the result of 2 years of hard work.  Countless hours were spent in meetings, phone calls, and thousands of emails, and through it all there has been a focus on prayer and worship as the elders followed the Lord’s direction. Last winter we had a 24 hour night of prayer.  We prayed all night and morning in the bitter cold.  And God has answered our prayers.

Our vision to make mature disciples of Christ in relational environments continues to be fulfilled by God through our faithfulness. This project is not about a building; it has always been about God’s vision.  This isn’t my vision or the elder council’s vision; this is about fulfilling the Great Commission that Jesus gave to us in Matthew 28. We are stewards, or managers, of God’s vision for this church.  We must manage this vision well and trust that the Lord will do everything that He has promised us in his Word.

The new building will help us make more disciples and fulfill our vision by:

  1. Opening up space in the auditorium for more people to come to FC.
  2. Opening up more space for kids ministry.
  3. Improving parking and flow of traffic on our property.

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It wasn’t your typical groundbreaking.  We didn’t break ground; I actually tore down a building.  I was a little nervous getting into an excavator for the first time, but after a minute I got the hang of it and had a lot of fun ripping apart the building.

The greatest part of the night for me was seeing all the faces that have sacrificed so much to make our vision a reality. We spent time praying over the property and we ate a lot of free snow cones.

We have a great leadership team at FC, and I am so thankful for the commitment of our people.

A huge thank you to:

  • Ron Stewart and Todd Stewart and our partnership with Grace Baptist Church.  We couldn’t have done this without your vision, your support and your help.
  • James Swanson: Our Worship Pastor but also the Project Manager for this project. Thank you, James, for taking on more leadership and helping me lead FC to this vision.
  • Elders: Jake Parrish, Steve Llewelyn, Brandt Waggoner, and Greg Gibson.
    • Without your friendship, first and foremost, this project doesn’t happen. Thank you for your hearts for the Lord and dedication to make disciples.
  • Andrew Xixis: Our Business Manager and vital member of our team through this process with the bank.
  • Jimmy Hawkins of Leon Williams construction. A partner in ministry and dedicated to to the vision.

I am more excited about our future at FC than ever before.  The building is expected to be completed next summer.  In preparation for the auditorium, we still need to manage our growth in our current facility.  I’ll write more about that in the future.

Psalm 127 says, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” This project is all for Jesus and about Jesus.  He has used our ministry for His glory, and He has answered our prayers.  We’ve seen God do some amazing things to make this project a reality.  The exciting part for me is that the best is yet to come.

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