Let’s Be Thankful: A Fieldstone Church Plant Update

We have much to be thankful for. This will be brief, but I did want to put together an update for our congregation, so that you will know how to be in prayer for what is happening behind the scenes for our church plant in Clarence Hollow, called Fieldstone Church.

As many of you know, Fieldstone Church was birthed out of a remnant of believers from Harris Hill Baptist Church along with a few key families from our congregation, as well as additional families in the community. Many things have been in limbo over the last 6 months, but we have so much to be thankful for, and so many things to thanks God for.

Currently, we are walking through a bankruptcy procedure for the entity that was Harris Hill Baptist Church in order to absolve ourselves from any previous entanglements with other contracts, or individuals that would stand in the way of a sale of the old church building and property on Harris Hill Road. This building has been vacant for about 18 months now. Praise God, we have a current cash offer on the table for the property, and the details of the bankruptcy should be resolved in the next 30 days, resulting in closing a sale by the end of the year.

One of the prerequisites for this church plant was that we would have a church planting pastor at the helm who was fully assessed and approved for church planting through the North American Mission Board. After going through this thorough assessment process himself, the former pastor of Harris Hill resigned his position earlier this summer; and we have been looking for another candidate ever since. Praise God once again, we now have a potential candidate who has come through the assessment with a "Ready" recommendation earlier this month. We will be working diligently to complete the evaluation process from our own team locally in the coming weeks, certainly hoping to come to a conclusion on proposing next steps for Fieldstone by the end of the year as well.

Another story of praise, came to fruition this week in the most unlikely of places; a Chili's Resturant on Veterans Day. One of our leadership team members, a veteran, went to Chili's to cash in on a discounted meal for Veterans Day. In the table next to his own, he struck up a conversation with another veteran who happens to be the handyman for the Rock Oak Estates. Long story short, this man was a person of peace, and at least for the foreseeable future has provided access to the beautiful Rock Oak Community Center. 

This was an answer to prayer, because the enclosed pavilions in the Clarence Town Park which have been so wonderful for use for Fieldstone to gather together in good weather, are no longer available out of season. The Rock Oak Community Center will be a wonderful place to be an incubator for this church, and an accessible place of worship for many the residents who live there. In fact, they were so excited, that Fieldstone will even be able to begin meeting there as soon as this weekend. Praise be to God!

There is much to celebrate; there is much to be in prayer for. We don't know the future, but we know who hold the future! Please be mindful of the core families that make up the small but devoted nucleus of the work of the Gospel in Clarence Hollow called Fieldstone Church. God is doing some exciting things here. Let's be thankful!

-Pastor Milo 


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