On Sunday, June 12, Christ Community Fellowship celebrated with a Ground Breaking ceremony for its new building. The church enjoyed a huge BBQ lunch after the worship service, then proceeded in caravan to the building site. There, Pastor Lance Sawyer updated the people on the building process. The CCF Building Committee is expecting the concrete forms to go in this week. The plumbing and electrical work should follow right on the heels of that. Next comes the concrete, then construction of the building itself.
Sawyer thanked the members for their patience in this process. The congregation raised $300k to begin the building back in December. “So the money to start this job has been there for months. What’s slowed us down has been the coordination of architect drawings, bids from numerous contractors, and all the complexities that go into organizing a project of this scale,” says Sawyer.
The Ground Breaking service centered around CCF’s commitment to Children’s Ministry. Sawyer reminded the members that a large portion of the new building is designed to provide a state of the art facility for children of all ages – bed babies to big kids. With this emphasis in mind, a group of CCF children took shovels in hand and led the crowd in a song which many more children will learn through the future ministries of CCF – “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!” The pastor encouraged the kids to cherish this day for the rest of their lives, and to always remember the part they played in building the church. Sawyer told the children, “When you are all grown-up, driving by or pulling into CCF, smile as you recall you did some of the first original work yourself.
The CCF Building site is on highway 88 East, just caddy-corner to the golf course. CCF currently meets at 10:30 each Sunday morning at the Mena Mountain Resort.