of Creekside Church
and the former Elkhart City COB
Day Adventist Church on CR 10 on the north side of Elkhart
became the temporary location of the Elkhart City congregation
in November of 2001.
Photo: Gary Arnold/creeksideconnected.com
In April 2001,
the Seventh Day Adventist church met and approved the use of their
facility for a six-month trial period with weekly rent of $300.
The deal to
sell the Elkhart City building fell through when the Greater Wayside
church failed to come up with the ernest money required. Another
church, Agape Missionary Baptist Church finally bought the building
in November of 2001. The purchase price for the building, parking
lot, and lots across the street was $255,000. The closing was set
for November 9 and occupancy for November 24.
in God, Growing in Jesus, Bearing Fruit in the Spirit"
was accepted as the church's vision statement to be the guide for
each Commission. These were top priorities for the congregation
under each focus:
in God - (1) small groups, (2) Bible study, (3) spiritual
development/prayer/meditation, (4) building intentional relationships,
in Jesus - (1) Regular emphasis on mission and vision in worship,
(2) vibrant education, emphasis on study and application, (3)
understand membership and importance of sacraments, (4) Renew
hymnal and blended music, (5) involve youth and older adults in
Fruit in the Spirit -(1) Communication to all church members
twice a week (PhoneTree), (2) attract five new families and youth
in the coming year, (3) all members learn the meaning of hospitality,
(4) one all-church activity a quarter, (5) every age group involved
in service projects.
The last service
of the Elkhart City Church of the Brethren in its building at 248
W Wolf Avenue was held on November 18, 2001. Following the morning
worship and Sunday school, a catered lunch was provided. In the
afternoon several people spoke about their memories and their connections
to Elkhart City.
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