Grace Fellowship Breaks New Ground

 The proposed appearance of the new Grace Fellowship facility.

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Community leaders and church members of the Grace Fellowship church came together Friday, March 16, 2018, in Madison, AL to break ground on their new church expansion project. About fifty believers began meeting in March of 2003, utilizing a rented space from a local Presbyterian church to hold Sabbath services. In nearly a years' time, they transitioned to official church status, and they felt that God was leading them to move to a different facility. Three years later, with much prayer, they began the process of purchasing a property of their own.

They found a piece of property that included a house with six acres of land. However, the house would need to be remodeled to serve as a church. The group was nervous about taking on the responsibility of a mortgage, renovation of the house, and maintaining the rental fee of the Presbyterian church, but God made it clear this was the place for them. God provided for them right when they needed it, and they completed the house renovations in about six months. With the remodel complete, and the rental fee out of the way, all that was left was the $300K mortgage. God stepped in again, and the loan was entirely paid off in about 18 months. Through God's grace and the stewardship of the members, Grace Fellowship was able to acquire additional property without the need for loans, purchasing the property in lump sums. The church intends to use this combined property to build a new facility that will not only provide a more spacious place for worship but will also support the launch of a church school, Grace Preparatory Academy. This school will start with two early childhood education classrooms for three and four-year-olds and will expand to include kindergarten and higher grades in the future.

Jaime Pombo, pastor of Grace Fellowship, made it clear in his remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony that, "We have never wanted to acquire property simply to give us a bigger plot of land to occupy. Grace Fellowship has a set of values and goals that we have collectively embraced, and at the heart of all those values and goals is the desire to serve our community.  As Peter says, 'Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.' We are not building to provide a bigger and more comfortable place for us to sit during church. We want to make a difference by serving our community."

Pombo and other church leaders maintain that the development of Grace Fellowship is purely God's doing, He is the one that has provided every resource the church has needed from the very beginning, and He is the One that will continue to provide as we place our faith in Him.

 Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were Winton Forde Sr. (left), local elder; Wayne Thompson, local elder and construction coordinator; Tamara Libonati, assoc. director for early childhood education of the southern union; Martin Fancher, exec. secretary of gulf states; Stan Hobbs, VP of education of gulf states; Thom Lopez, local elder; Jaime Pombo, pastor; Shushannah Smith, school board chairman.

Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were Winton Forde Sr. (left), local elder; Wayne Thompson, local elder and construction coordinator; Tamara Libonati, assoc. director for early childhood education of the southern union; Martin Fancher, exec. secretary of gulf states; Stan Hobbs, VP of education of gulf states; Thom Lopez, local elder; Jaime Pombo, pastor; Shushannah Smith, school board chairman.