At New Hope Free Church we have been truly blessed.
"Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it." Psalm 127:1.
In the fall of 1999, about 25 people were meeting in homes for worship and fellowship, praying for God's direction in forming a new church. In April 2000, the New Hope Evangelical Free Church of Cedaredge was accepted into the Rocky Mountain District of the Evangelical Free Churches of America.
In 2006, church members started looking for a building or property to buy and build on. In April 2007 a piece of property was located 1.25 miles east of town on Surface Creek Road, and the congregation decided to buy it and build.
Pastor Bill Williamson was hired on Sept. 28, 2008, and moved here from Holly with his wife, Emily, and their family. Pastor Williamson conducted his first service when the church was still using rented space on Nov. 16, 2008.
New Hope Church paid off its land mortgage in May 2009. The Ministry Center Fund was established to build the new Ministry Center. In May 2010 we had a potluck dinner and presented plans for a Ministry Center. A vote to build was taken; it was a unanimous vote.
Over the next two years money was raised and by Sept. 25, 2011, there was a formal ground breaking and dedication service at the property with over 100 people present.
From that point on things kept moving as electric service was installed and footers and stem walls were poured. The plumbing was started in cold weather with a little snow to slow things down for a few weeks, but progress continued even through the cold weather.
By Dec. 16, 2011, the steel building was delivered. The concrete floor was poured on Jan. 6 and as soon as it set up and was ready to be worked on, the job of setting columns was started.
Work continued through January, February, and March of 2012 with putting up the steel and completing the roof and insulation by March 9. After the insulation was sprayed on the walls, the interior walls were set up. Wall board installation was begun in March.
The next five months were busy on the inside with plumbing, electrical, and heat and ventilation systems. By September the walls were done and paint was on the walls. Floor tile was laid in October and carpet was installed in the building in December.
This building has truly been from the Lord. Most of the work has been done by volunteers. There haven't been any accidents or injuries. We are truly blessed by all of the talented people in the congregation.
The stained glass cross at the front of the sanctuary came from a vision that Donna Christensen had one morning at 2 a.m. She got up immediately and started putting her vision on paper, and then colored it in pencil. She contacted some of the people she knew and they decided they could build it.
Donna Monson and her husband, Rich, from Minnesota took four of the 10 panel sections back with them to Minnesota and assembled them there. After completion, they came back in late December and finished putting it together with the help of many others who had worked on the project.
"The purpose of the church building is the same as that of the church itself; to further the gospel of Jesus Christ and be available to serve the community as the Lord leads."
We have several activities each year. In February there is the annual Sweet Heart Banquet for all the ladies. In early spring the women of the church have their annual Ladies' Retreat. In late summer, the men have their annual father-and-son camping trip, and the youth have their back-to-school bash and end-of-school bash. It is fun for all ages.
The church has been blessed with a great worship team and with great music each Sunday, as well as with a fine choir. God's word is brought to everyone each Sunday with love for all to hear and accept.
Pastor Bill and the congregation invite everyone to join us on any Sunday morning. We are a family congregation, so come and bring your family and join us.
Regular services start at 10 a.m., youth group meets at 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings. We also have a men's prayer and Bible study groups, as well as ladies' prayer and Bible study.blog comments powered by Disqus