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Keeping the faith no matter the obstacle

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By Kirsten Laskey

After six years of orange plastic fencing, towering construction equipment and the screech of wood meeting an electric saw, Crossroads Bible Church has some new sites to take in. There are the sparkling white walls in the stairwells and hallways, a rich–colored carpet that is free of dirty footprints and an aroma of a brand-new building that is ready and waiting for the public and the church congregation.

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It’s been a long time coming but Crossroads Bible Church is opening the doors to its new building, located at the old location of 97 East Road, to the community.  

It took a few years, but recently the milestones for the project have been quickly piling up. For instance, Senior Pastor Mark Lincoln said the church received its certificate of occupancy Wednesday. Plus, its first service in the new building will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday and an open house will be held from 2-5 p.m. May 16 for the community, followed by a dedication service at 7 p.m. June 4.

The road to get to this point was pitted with rocks and roots that caught the church off guard. First of all, Lincoln said, the project was originally anticipated to last two years.

However, one of the major obstacles the church encountered was that two-and-a-half years into the project, the contract with the builder terminated and the church took over the contract itself.

“That was a big, unexpected turn of events,” Lincoln said.

Plus, once the old building was demolished, the church moved its services to Mountain Elementary School for one year. This meant the church had to continuously set up and then pack up every Sunday. But whatever the condition of the path, the church never faltered on its journey to get a new building.

Congregation members seized the reigns of the project and many people gave their time to the new building.

Lincoln commented that the church has grown through this experience. He added people have exhibited unity and spirit.

“It’s required for us to really trust in the Lord,” he said. “There’s just been this day-by-day trust … overcoming obstacles, unexpected obstacles, He’s seen us through it.”

Plus, there is “a much bigger sense of ownership in the building,” he said. “(It’s) allowed us to have a better project and we feel like we have grown as a congregation.”

Still, to get to this point feels different. “It’s kind of unreal because it has been so long,” Lincoln said. “So there is a little bit of shock and relief … (there is) a sense of expectation and anticipation (of how it will be used) … and (there is) a real excitement about the future.”

 Several reasons lead to the new building. Lincoln said the old building had been outgrown.  There was not enough classrooms or enough space in the auditorium. In fact, it was impossible for the entire congregation to meet at once. Lincoln said the church also anticipated growth – there was ministry, programs for and children as well as concerts that the church wanted to do but couldn’t due to a lack of space.

But this building is not just for the church. It is also for the community.

Lincoln explained the design of the building was created with the public in mind. He said the hope is that people will see it and begin thinking about how to use it in the future.

The building is multi-purpose, Lincoln said. It can serve as a church, banquet hall, concert venue and sport facility.

Crossroads formed 10-and-a-half years ago. It was a result of a merger between two other churches – Trinity Bible and Christ Community Bible Church – in 1999. The church is Evangelical and is composed of individuals from every background and age. Currently, 450 people make up the congregation.