Wor­ship Cen­tre mort­gage -free

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - BY JOY FRENCH-COLE­MAN

The Fam­ily Wor­ship Cen­tre in Har­bour Grace marked a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone last fall with the sym­bolic burn­ing of the mort­gage.

It is some­thing that many a church vestry, town com­mit­tee or homeowner looks for­ward to with great an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Present for this great oc­ca­sion were Har­bour Grace Mayor Don Coombs, Rev. Shirley Nose­wor­thy, Coun. Wen­dall Hunt and many of our lo­cal tal­ented mu­si­cians, along with the church con­gre­ga­tion, fam­ily mem­bers and per­sonal friends of Pas­tor Wal­lace and Mrs. Judy White.

It was a joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion and it tied in with their Christ­mas ban­quet. Some of the in­ter­est­ing facts re­gard­ing the church prop­erty and the Whites’ min­istry is quite in­ter­est­ing. Their min­istry started in Har­bour Grace in 1979 at a meet­ing in a friend’s home on Wa­ter Street, and then moved on from there.

The present build­ing, known then as Hunt’s Restau­rant and Take-out, went up for sale and the Pen­te­costal Assem­blies of New­found­land pur­chased it, and with many ren­o­va­tions the Whites stayed on as min­is­ters in this build­ing un­til 1985. They were trans­ferred to the North­ern Penin­sula for three years and then re­turned to re­side in Car­bon­ear.

When the prop­erty on Ban­ner­man Lake Road, which had been sold back to the Hunt fam­ily, be­came avail­able again, Pas­tor and Mrs. White and son Ja­son, af­ter much prayer and dis­cus­sion, de­cided to rent the prop­erty on a rent-to-own ba­sis, hence 14 years later a mort­gage burn­ing cer­e­mony.

To quote Pas­tor White: “ The fi­nal pay­ment was sup­posed to be in Novem­ber 2010, but with God’s help and the faith­ful sup­port of our ded­i­cated mem­bers, we were able to make the fi­nal pay­ment in June 2010. We de­cided to wait un­til Novem­ber to make it a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion at our Christ­mas ban­quet, with much thanks­giv­ing to God, our church fam­ily and our many friends in our beau­ti­ful town of Har­bour Grace.”

Over the past 14 years many have served on the board of direc­tors with much love and de­vo­tion. The first direc­tors were Mr. Chris Parsons, Mrs. Maggie Verge (now de­ceased), Mrs. Mae Verge and Mrs. Clarice Crane (also de­ceased). Oth­ers in­clude Mrs. Inez Cran, Ms. Shirley Tay­lor, Mr. Ce­cil Soper, Mr. Eric Pynn (de­ceased), Mr. Evan Clarke, Mr. John Wells, Mrs. Kath­leen Clarke and Mrs. Paula Snow.

The present board con­sists of the fol­low­ing: Mrs. Mae Verge, Mrs. Tanya Baggs and Mr. Chris Parsons. Pas­tor White was noted to say that they are glad to be a part of the won­der­ful town of Har­bour Grace. Their min­istry is an open door to work along with and sup­port the other min­istries in the town and to make it a great place to live and be a bless­ing to all.

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