Ground­break­ing cer­e­mony held for se­nior hous­ing com­plex in Rod­dick­ton

Apos­tolic Faith Church fi­nanc­ing project to build homes

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - SUB­MIT­TED STORY

ROD­DICK­TON, NL – The Apos­tolic Faith Church has bro­ken ground for a new se­niors’ com­plex in Rod­dick­ton.

A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony was held at the work site at 75 Cloud Drive Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27to an­nounce con­struc­tion of the in­de­pen­dent se­nior hous­ing com­plex.

The Apos­tolic Faith Church of Rod­dick­ton, which says the com­plex is “much needed,” has un­der­taken the project. The church ini­tially ap­plied for gov­ern­ment fund­ing through In­de­pen­dent Se­nior Hous­ing, but its bid was un­suc­cess­ful.

The church de­cided to pro­ceed with build­ing the com­plex on its own.

Dur­ing the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony, Cana­dian district Su­per­in­ten­dent Rev. Christo­pher Hewlett wel­comed every­one and ex­pressed ex­cite­ment for the project, of­fer­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the Rod­dick­ton Apos­tolic Faith Church board, mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion, and the in­cor­po­ra­tion board of di­rec­tors for the on­go­ing sup­port and en­cour­age­ment for this project.

A song en­ti­tled “To God be the Glory” was sung as church mu­si­cians played ac­cor­dions donned in their work­ing gear. Se­lected scrip­tures were also read by Rev. Christo­pher Hewlett.

Rev. Rene Cas­sell, re­tired su­per­in­ten­dent of the Apos­tolic Faith, of­fered a prayer of thanks­giv­ing and bless­ing. Break­ing of ground was per­formed by one of the long­est serv­ing mem­bers of the Rod­dick­ton Apos­tolic Faith Church board, Wilson Bushey, and the fore­man, re­tiree pas­tor Grant Cas­sell.

The church also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the valu­able co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port of Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm mayor Sheila Fitzger­ald and town coun­cil in grant­ing ap­proval of this de­vel­op­ment.

Fitzger­ald was in at­ten­dance and gave a speech in­di­cat­ing the town’s ex­cite­ment to wit­ness the con­struc­tion of the ven­ture.

The church is look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the project move for­ward and thanked all who made it pos­si­ble.

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Re­tired pas­tor Grant Cas­sells (left) and Wilson Bushey (right), long­est serv­ing mem­ber of the Rod­dick­ton Apos­tolic Faith Church Board, and some of those in at­ten­dance.

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Mayor Sheila Fitzger­ald gave a speech dur­ing the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony. Be­hind her, from left: Rev. Christo­pher Hewlett, Pas­tor Howard Can­ning, and re­tired pas­tors Vanzel Quin­lan and Rev. Rene Cas­sell.

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Rev. Chris Hewlett gives a wel­come as work­ers watch on.

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