Celebrating Fifteen Years
On Sunday morning, July 6, 2003, Heritage Christian Fellowship held its first service at the Inn at the Crossings (now the Crowne Plaza) in Warwick.
On Saturday, July 15, 2018, we celebrated our fifteenth anniversary at the same hotel. We were honored to have the new mayor of Warwick, Joseph Solomon, Sr. and Ed Ladouceur, the councilman for our ward in attendance. In addition to members of Heritage, there were many friends of our church in attendance. It was a wonderful night of remembering the past and looking towards the future.
As I was preparing for that evening, I thought about all the God has done for us over the past fifteen years. As with any church, we have had our ups and downs. We have had people leave for various reasons which caused heartaches. On the other hand, we have had new people join with us that have brought us great joy. I thought about the weddings and baby dedications of which I have been a part. I also thought of the funerals if has been my honor to officiate. As I thought about each individual I have been honored to minister to over the past fifteen years, I am so thankful God allowed them to be in life.
I also thought about the way God has continually provided for us. We have never been a wealthy church and there were times when we would not have enough money to meet our needs but somehow God always provided. I have to be honest, I would have loved it if God had provided the money a little earlier so we would not have to worry as much, but God still provided. At our Anniversary Dinner, I shared how when we began to negotiate the purchase of this property, we had less than $3000 in our building fund. We knew we would need at least $40,000 by the time we closed on the property. When we finally purchased the property we had more than the $40,000 without a major fund raising campaign or any extraordinary gifts. God provided in many different ways. We have learned that God's promise in Philippians 4:19, "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." is true. I have found that God does not supply our need by dropping money on the lawn of the church, as He provided manna to children of Israel. He supplies when people are moved by the need and response to God's leading.
Today, we are having to once again having to rely of God's promise. As you may have seen on our home page, we are in the process of renovating the original church building. On June 23, a group of about 20 people from four different churches came to help us prepare the building for painting.
Then on July 18 and 19, Mike Wiles, from Hartford, Connecticut came and painted much of the building. On Saturday, August 11, we will be painting the trim and doors. If we had to pay to have this work done, it would have cost us thousands of dollars. This is an example of how God provides our needs. There is still additional painting that needs to be done at the upper parts of the building and the steeple needs to be sided. The major cost for this will be rental of a boom lift. Once the exterior is done we will begin work on the interior. The major work on the interior includes the installation of a fire alarm system, the installation of rest rooms and new flooring. Our goal is to begin using the original structure as a church by next summer.
To help cover the costs of these renovations, a GoFundMe fund has been established. If you would like be a part of this, please go to GoFundMe.com/renovating-the-past to make a donation.
Although it seems a long ways off, our annual Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, September 29. One of the highlights of the Festival is the many vendors we have. If you or someone you know would like a table at our Festival, please contact us at 401-738-4950.
Have a great rest of the summer.
Until next time, may God bless you,