The New Vienna Community Church celebrated a day of victory as the congregation dedicated its new fellowship house on July 31 at the conclusion of its morning worship.
Pastor Dan Mayo led the congregation from its worship facility to the new fellowship house, where he offered words of commendation along with a prayer of dedication. In addition, Mayo introduced the new church leadership recently approved at its July business meeting. With his wife, Beverly, by his side, he asked the new board members to step forward and shared the vision of where the congregation can go in the future with this new leadership.
Mayo said, “Much has changed in the past year and it has been a joy to see the whole congregation step up in getting the work done. We are proud of this achievement of converting the house from a rental property into a fellowship and outreach facility.”
Mayo reflected back to April 6, 2008 when the congregation opened its doors for worship with no money in the bank and a $160,000 mortgage.
“We have come a long way in these eight years with a mortgage cut in half, $16,000 in the building fund and now a new facility for ministry,” Mayo said. “On Sept. 4 last year, the renters moved out and I walked the property. I could see that day what promise we had of space for ministry. We were landlocked with a desire to serve, but no real facility to do ministry beyond worship. Now we have classroom and fellowship space, a place for meetings and church dinners, family ministries and outdoor activities such as evening worship around the campfire, church picnics and children’s ministries. Leadership is critical and we have selected leadership who represent a good cross-section of the congregation and who have been faithful for most, if not all of, the eight-plus years of our ministry here in New Vienna. These individuals and their families have a vision for the future, a passion to serve and a missionary mindset that believes that if we give, locally and worldwide, we will receive. If we fix our eyes on Jesus, He will provide for the needs of the church and bless the work He has called us to do.”
New board members include Mary Waggoner, Jim Goolsby, George Fenner and Bob Watters.
The congregation holds Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., evening worship at 7 p.m. and midweek Bible study on Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Mayo at 937-725-0445.