This coming Sunday, our church will celebrate our 15 year anniversary. Wow. Sometimes, words come very slowly. Music often breaks my writer’s block. I was listening to “Big Daddy Weave’s” song, “Overwhelmed.” It fit! Here’s a portion of their lyrics:
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
All that You’ve done is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I’m overwhelmed to think about what God has done in 15 years. Well let’s see…it’s approximately 780 sermons and 4,680 songs of praise. It’s exactly 200 baptisms and $650,000 given to missions. We’ve experienced funerals together…and miracles.
It’s been many mission trips.
It’s countless children involved in Sunday, School, Children’s Church, AWANA, Upward and VBS. It’s an amazing group of youth and college students who have matured right before our eyes.
It’s been servanthood evangelism and Kingdom Assignments. It’s been Fall Festivals and Easter Egg Hunts.
It’s been like eating regularly through worship, Bible study, and fellowship. I’m overwhelmed at what God has done in changing lives at Fruitland Community Church!
Below are some historic highlights:
FCC Historic Timeline
May 2, 1999 Informational Meeting for Core Group
July, 1999 FCC Prayer Team enlisted
September 12, 1999 Public worship kicks off at North Elementary
November 14, 1999 First Baptism and Lord’s Supper service
November 19, 2000 Celebration Sunday with $350,000 pledged for building
April 1, 2001 Groundbreaking Service
June 14, 2001 120 Chilton Builders arrive in Fruitland
Summer of 2001 13 teams come to FCC for building and mission projects
October 21, 2001 FCC Building Dedication
September 8, 2002 AWANA ministry begins at FCC
September 7, 2003 FCC Constitutes as a church
January 8, 2004 Cape County Cowboy Church is launched
March 14, 2004 8:00 am worship service begins
January, 2005 Field of Dreams Campaign to develop our property is launched
November 8, 2005 Antiguo Cuscatlan mission in El Salvador is launched
November, 2006 FCC Food Pantry launched
March 29. 2008 Upward Soccer begins at FCC
January, 2009 FCC votes to partner with Cuidad Obrera church plant in El Salvador
Fall, 2011 10 year anniversary remodel of building begins
Fall, 2012 FCC Widow’s Ministry began
February, 2014 BTCP Training for 60 El Salvadorian leaders is launched
Our month long birthday celebration will include the following:
September 14 – Baptism and Lord Supper Celebration
September 21 – Church-wide Potluck
September 26 – FCC Food give-a-way
TBA – “Believers Ballpark” Whiffleball Field is dedicated in memory of Nolan Weber
So, this Sunday let’s look back and say “Thank You!” to the One who has made it possible. But, let’s look forward and dream, asking the Lord for His direction for the future. I’m not a prophet, but if the Lord tarries, we could see in the next 2 to 5 years (Lord willing):
Our building paid off. Praise the Lord!
A family pavilion built on our property.
A new church started in El Salvador and in the Cape/Jackson area.
More preaching…singing…Bible study… baptisms…kids…youth…students…missions.
So overwhelmed. So grateful.