Excessive Tide Church held a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Could 16, for its new constructing, which is being constructed on 9 Foot Highway in Dagsboro, a few quarter-mile from the intersection of Route 113 and 9 Foot Highway. Roughly 150 individuals attended, together with church leaders and members.
The Rev. Andy Ehlers of Dagsboro, pastor of the church, opened the groundbreaking ceremony with welcoming remarks and prayer, which was adopted by music led by Worship Pastor Chris Hardy, of Ocean Metropolis, Md. Ehlers then highlighted the importance of 12 giant stones — symbolic cornerstones — being integrated onto the Excessive Tide campus. Studying from biblical books of Joshua and Acts, Ehlers stated, “Jesus is our cornerstone, and our new Excessive Tide Church house is constructed upon the reality of Jesus.”
Taking part within the ceremonial groundbreaking had been church leaders and the constructing committee members, who included Terry Davis, Les Develop, Kristi Kitchen, Pret Dyer, Lew Reeves, Tanya Ehlers and Ehlers.
“For practically 20 years, Excessive Tide Church has gathered collectively, however we’ve by no means had a constructing of our personal,” Ehlers stated. “God has at all times given us a spot to fulfill and worship Him, however we really feel God is looking us to assemble our new Excessive Tide dwelling.
“Church is not only the constructing; it’s the individuals,” stated Ehlers. “Whereas we’re excited to lastly construct a construction we are able to name ‘dwelling,’ we all know the constructing is a software for use to glorify God.”
The ten,000-square-foot, single-story facility shall be a central location from which the congregation can extra simply meet to worship, centralize its meals pantry, which serves the neighborhood, and conduct Bible research for all ages, together with teen and kids’s ministries. Building is predicted to start in mid-2021 and wrap up by the spring of 2022.
Due to the neighborhood
“We’re so appreciative of the places, throughout Sussex County, which have supplied us a spot to fulfill through the years,” famous Ehlers.
The church at present meets on the Roxana Volunteer Hearth Firm’s hearth corridor — its second time to fulfill at that location. Previous to the pandemic, the church had been assembly at John M. Clayton Elementary College in Dagsboro since 2013. From 2005 to 2013, the church congregated on the Roxana Volunteer Hearth Firm; and from October 2002 to 2005, at Lord Baltimore Elementary College in Ocean View. When the church first launched in July 2002, the congregants met on the dwelling of Ehlers and his spouse, Tanya.
“We all know this constructing is God’s plan for our church,” he stated. “Regardless of the challenges we’ve confronted over the last yr with COVID — online-only companies, after which a mix of on-line and a number of companies with restricted numbers of congregants, and a few individuals dropping jobs and family members — our members have willingly given throughout these tough instances. Our MORE marketing campaign has hit its preliminary milestone that has enabled us to begin development, and we’re excited to make this constructing a actuality.”
Go to the Excessive Tide Church web site for extra data, at https://hightidechurch.org/home.