Just These Thoughts My Friends...
There is a picture I have come across in the church archives of the historic Rock Church sanctuary, which was built in the early 1800’s. The photo is taken from a good distance away, and shows the old structure totally consumed by fire, the result of a faulty heater. Can any of us truly comprehend the grief the members of the church must have felt in watching helplessly as the structure that had hosted so many of their greatest joys was lost to them. No doubt their pain was real. Yet, look at how they responded. The church did not remain very long in her grief, but instead took hold of the task of building for an even greater future. And that is exactly what happened. The leaders of the church, with the blessing and active support of the church family, built the sanctuary we worship in today, as a faithful witness to the “future” mission and ministry that Christ was calling them to.
Friends, we find ourselves in a similar place. The leadership of the Rock Church, grateful for the past two hundred and fifty years, and grateful for the current facilities, is looking to the next two hundred and fifty years, and in doing so sees the importance of once again “building for the future.” As such, a building commission has been established by a vote of the session. These representatives of our church family, chaired by elder Herman Fletcher, are tasked with overseeing the next expansion on the Rock campus. We have begun meeting and will be working diligently in the months ahead to see this significant, but necessary, task through to completion. In doing this, we need your help. In the month of February a survey will be sent to the covenant partners of the church to make sure you can share your ideas about this future expansion. We hope that everyone will take a few minutes to fill out the survey and let us know what you believe is important. We will hold this alongside the results of the 2017 survey, which remains as valid at this moment as it did then, since our church has only grown in membership in the past three years. Two of the most reported things in 2017 were the desire for a fellowship hall/multi-purpose space that could hold our growing church family, and more Christian education space, especially for nursery, infants, and children. If we thought we needed more space in 2017, we certainly know we need more now, especially with the baby boom we have experienced. It is our hope to hold a forum in March to go over all of the past and present results. We will announce this meeting well in advance so you can plan on being with us.
This is yet another exciting stage of growth in the life of our Rock Church (ECO). To this end, we need you to join with us. Pray for wisdom for the session and the building commission. Pray for our church to be unified as we take this next big step in faith. Let us know what you think is important when it comes to this new addition. This will be an opportunity for us to grow in our understanding of “stewardship,” as we will each be asked to give above our normal giving to support, what we believe, will be a building that will have great impact for the kingdom in the many years to come.
We encourage you, if you have any questions or comments, to contact any of the members of the Building Commission. Finally, remembering our past, and rejoicing in what God is doing now, we see this next addition as a way for which we can flourish faithfully into the future.
Dr. Chris Leonard
Members of the commission are:
Front Row L-R Robbie Stephens, Julia McClanahan, Madison Stoddard, Chris Leonard
Back Row L-R Bill Watkins, Herman Fletcher (chair), Bob Young, Denny Layne