Bellingham Grows a Church
When Washington's Bellingham Church family sold its facility last year to move onto the same property as Baker View Adventist Christian School, they knew one thing for sure: The members wanted to be actively involved in the building process.
Church members along with Maranatha volunteers have done 90 percent of the work so far on the 16,000-square-foot facility, report church leaders.
Contractor Dale Mundy says the support of the Bellingham Church community has been extraordinary.
“Maranatha did a super job coming in to help with the majority of the framing,” Mundy says. “This is going to be a really nice church and a good asset for the community.”
In addition to volunteering with construction tasks, members also raised money for the new church by hosting a benefit concert with violinist Jaime Jorge, among other fundraising activities.
Many times during a building project and the transition between old and new structures, church membership will fluctuate down. That isn’t the case in Bellingham.
“Our church is growing like crazy,” says Cynthia Jones, Bellingham Church member. “Our membership is growing in both the number of adults and children. We’ve added 16 new members to our church already.”
God is continuing to bless the Bellingham Church as members look to finish the new building project (with a return visit from Maranatha volunteers) and as the members bring the community closer to Christ.