The Cross Still Stands

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At the top of the Prayer Mountain, neglected now for the last 10 years,  this cross still serves as a reminder of the hopes and plans we had for a  community worship center on these 7 acres of the former Dailey Farm.   During the excavation of what was to be the ball fields, Pastor Kent had  instructed the workers to deposit extra dirt and rock to form what we  began to call our Prayer Mountain.   As we prayer-walked the farm and  sat atop the “mountain” we prayed that God would direct our church and our ministry on this land. 

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Kent,  Jack, and JoAnne spent many hours with the Charles Town Planning  Commission to get the 124 acres of the Dailey Farm annexed into the  city.  We had hopes of keeping 20+ acres that could be used for day care  and assisted living as well as an expansion of the church.  That dream came to an abrupt end with the bankruptcy in 2009 of the LLC with whom we had worked for several years. 

But  this year, one year after our dismissal from the UMC building and 10  years after the bankruptcy, the developer who now manages the property  agreed to sell us 7 acres for a new church! 

The  price is $350,000 for the house and 7 acres which is situated directly  across from St. James Catholic Church.  We have an exclusive option on  it until the end of January 2020.  And we need $105,000 for a 30% down  payment! 

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God's Timely Provision

When  we found ourselves without a building last year, we were so blessed to  find a home here at the Whitmore Business Center.  We signed a 2 year lease and set about to make it as worshipful and useful as possible.   It has been a wonderful provision for our congregation as we find our  footing as an independent church.  

But it has drawbacks we knew would make ministry and growth difficult if we stayed here much longer than the 2 years.   

  • The space is small for worship dividing the congregation between 2 spaces. 
  • Parking is limited, as is our outdoor space for children’s activities and special events.   
  • We  are hidden from view and difficult to find, apparently even on Google  which often sends people looking for us to Harpers Ferry Armory!   
  • Classrooms are too small, too few, lack windows, and feel a bit claustrophobic. There’s no adequate room for nursery or for toddlers during worship! 
  • Bathrooms and kitchen are inadequate!    

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Our 20/20 Vision: Building for the Next Generation

Our goal is to raise $105,000 by the end of January so that we can purchase the 7 acres of the Dailey Farm and the house that is on it.  In order to be approved for a loan, we will also have to make sure that our monthly budget stays well in the black so that we can afford the monthly payments on the loan.  But we will have help with that monthly payment.  The farm house provides rental income of $900 a month to the current owners and we would continue renting the house for a while even if we began construction on a new building. 

We will be engaging in a Capital Funds drive this fall to give each of us a chance to give toward our 20/20 vision!  Please pray for God’s direction as to how you may help. 

We won’t be ready for a construction loan by January, but once the land is purchased we will begin working on design with a building committee.   Since our vision is Building for a New Generation we want to take into account such things as solar and wind energy and other green technologies.  Perhaps we can be the first energy star church in West Virginia!  

It’s important to remember as we embark on this vision that 1) God loves a cheerful giver and doesn’t want us to give out of duty or compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7) and 2) God will make it possible for you to be generous and your generosity will result in much thanksgiving to God! (2 Corinth. 9:11) 

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Quilt Raffle!

  

Kristen Marshall has donated a quilt to be raffled off, with the proceeds to benefit the Oakland Community Church Land Fund. We have 2+ months to raise funds and you can help us reach the widest audience by sharing pictures of the quilt and selling raffle tickets. Places to post include Facebook, a club you may belong to, your workplace or family gatherings over the holidays! The drawing will be Friday, January 31, 2020. Tickets are $1.00 each or $5.00 for 6. Contact Kristen at 304-268-5580 to purchase tickets or for information on how to get tickets to sell.

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