Growing church doubles in size

August 06, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

CEARFOSS - Starting from scratch in 1979, Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship has grown in the number of its faithful and more than doubled the size of the building at 14010 Greencastle Pike.

"Our original building, which opened in 1984, is 6,690 square feet," said Paul Reid, church board chairman. "The new community ministry center is an additional 8,380 square feet."

More than half of the new space is a multipurpose room that Reid and Pastor Len Smith envision as a site for all kinds of community-based activities, reaching out to the Cearfoss area and beyond.

Sponsorship of Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops is in the planning stages, as are other activities that would bring people together. The list of possibilities also includes an improved Wednesday evening child and youth activity center and more space for Vacation Bible School, Advent and Easter happenings.


Congregational dinners, wedding receptions and funeral meals will be better served with the larger and more modern kitchen, Smith said. A Bible-centered day-care center for babies and toddlers, and a similar program for children 3 years old to 5 years old are also on the table for study.

An after-school latchkey program, adult education or GED space, and a food co-op round out the current list of possibilities.

The addition cost about $800,000 and the most of that has been paid off, Smith said.

"As of May 15, we have made cash payments toward 63 percent of the construction costs," Smith said. That money has come from bequests, building fund and capital campaign contributions and fundraisers.

Five Sunday school classrooms were added, as were new restrooms, a connecting corridor and a kitchen that is nearly four times larger than the previous one.

The congregation first met at the Maugansville Community Center, later moving to the Wacohu Grange from 1980-84 until the current building was completed on a 6.2-acre site.

"Our congregation currently numbers 252 teens and adults," Smith said.

Groundbreaking for the new addition was in December 2004 with construction beginning in the spring of 2005.

The addition will be officially dedicated on Sunday, Aug. 19, Smith said.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. in the new multipurpose room. A piano recital will follow at 12:30 p.m. with the dedicated program slated to begin at 1 p.m.

For more information or directions, call 301-791-5432.

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