Where do I begin to express my gratitude for the “labor of love” that went in to making this transition a reality? There were so many ways and numerous people, members and non-members who locked arms and committed to do the work that made this memorable transition happen. There were some who assisted in the cleaning of the new facility, others assisted with packing and moving items from the former location to our current location. Some purchased needed items with their own resources to be a blessing to the ministry. Some assisted with parking duties while others welcomed people into God’s house. Then there were those who assisted with the unloading of the sanctuary chairs and getting them set-up in the building…just two days before the church dedication and open house (9/21/17), I might add! Now that was an amazing sight and experience to see people from all ages, men, women and children working united for the cause of Christ. Let the church say, Amen! Certainly I thank the people who committed to fasting and prayer the 12 days leading up to our inaugural Sunday worship celebration (9/24/17).
I’m reminded of the latter part of the verse of Nehemiah 4:6, which states, “the people had a mind to work.” Indeed, this was so clear from the members and friends of FVCC. With our theme, “Building for Eternity” in mind and the scriptures of Haggai 2:6-9 before us, we embraced the Lord’s words and believe He has a message for us today.
6 For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. 9 The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.
Now that we have made the transition and no longer have a presence on North Grand Avenue, where do we go from here? Now that we are here after years of wondering, waiting, watching and working, where do we go from here? I offer, we continue to thank God for His wonderful work in us; we celebrate the wonderful people that God has united us together with. Yet, we dare not lose focus on the great work that is still before us. We dare not allow schism, pride and elitism to become part of God’s body.
Now that we are here, we continue to tell and live out the old story that has set many free and has established a place for us in eternity. The old story of the basics of God’s love and his forgiveness that is recorded in John 3:16; “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have eternal life.”
Roy Newman, Senior Pastor