A Presbyterian congregation that has evolved over the past several years is taking another step in its evolution.
Connecting Point Presbyterian Church, formerly known as Greystone Presbyterian, will break ground on a new building Sunday on its property on Rockwell, between Memorial Road and NW 150.
The church's senior pastor, the Rev. Timothy Blodgett, 33, said the groundbreaking ceremony will be held in the evening, with refreshments and music to follow afterward.
Blodgett said the ceremony is one more step in the congregation's plans to serve and grow in the Deer Creek area.
Blodgett and his congregation, worshipping together as Greystone Presbyterian, voted in 2010 to sell their church building and property at 8300 Greystone Ave. to neighboring Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Drive. The Catholic church, headed by the Rev. Rick Stansberry, planned to demolish the Presbyterian church structure to make way for the expansion of Christ the King's private Christian school.
Blodgett and his congregation had their last service in the Greystone building in March 2011. The Catholic church demolished the building in 2012. By then, the Greystone members had changed the church's name to Connecting Point and had begun meeting for worship at Deer Creek Elementary School.
‘New mission, new place'
Blodgett said the church currently meets at a Hilton Garden Inn not far from their targeted area. He said about 50 people, many of them members who worshipped at the Greystone site, gather for Sunday services at the hotel.
Blodgett said the congregation bought the property where the new building will be built about two years ago. He said the new building will be an estimated 4,500 square feet and is expected to be completed by Easter. He said the church plans to build a playground and sports fields for the community's use.
Blodgett said the congregation chose to relocate in the Deer Creek area because of the new neighborhoods and apartments that have been built there in recent years and others planned for the future.
“We felt we could really offer a church that could be a center of the community and could help people connect to Christ,” he said. “We have a new mission and a new place.”