First Christian Church held a groundbreaking ceremony June 4. Pictured above (left to right) are: Rev. Dr. Larry Colvin, Mid-America Regional Minister (Disciples Of Christ); Rick Shaw, Buddy Husing, and Adam Meyer, Church Trustees; and Pastor Rodney Hopper.

First Christian Church in Rock Port celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the new church addition ushering in what leaders and members believe will be a welcoming environment and modernized building for all. The 4,500 square-foot addition will increase handicap accessibility and handicap restrooms with a street-level entrance into the church multipurpose space. The addition will include a new kitchen and also allow for more space for weddings, funerals and general fellowship. The ceremony included events both inside and outside the current facility with guest speaker Rev. Dr. Larry Colvin, Mid-America Regional Minister (DOC). Larry said, “It was a wonderful day to celebrate God’s Spirit as we broke ground for a new multipurpose use.”
The congregation moved outside and sang the song “We Gather Together,” followed by reading Ephesians 3:20-21 “20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” After blessings and prayers Pastor Rodney Hopper introduced Special Honorary Groundbreaker, Rev. Dr. Larry Colvin, who turned three spadesful of earth, saying: “With faith in Jesus Christ, this work is begun and this ground is broken in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The ceremony included leaders and members breaking ground. It was greatly emphasized by the Pastors, “This addition is not my addition, nor is it the building committee’s or the board’s addition; this addition is the whole church’s addition.” Rev. Dr. Larry Colvin dismissed us with “O Lord our God, in you every good work has its beginning. Grant that what we have undertaken this day to the glory of your name may be successfully completed to the good of all your people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Go in peace. Serve the Lord. Amen.”