by Kathy Marson
MEAD, Wash., September 23, 2014 - It was a sunny day on Sunday, September 14 for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Northview Seventh-day Adventist Church plant.
Church members came out to enjoy both the historical event and a corn roast following the ceremony.
Among some of the distinguished guests were Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane County Sherriff, Gerald Haeger, Ministerial Director of Upper Columbia Conference, Fire Department District 9 representatives and Rhonda Whitney, Urban Ministries Coordinator for UCC.
“The Mead area really needs the hand of God to bless it and heal it,” said Knezovich. “At the end of the day our mission is to redeem the lost so we all will hear the words, ‘welcome home.’”
Gerald Haeger affirmed the church members for their mission and determination to reach out to the Mead Community. The mission statement of the church is to “To reveal Jesus Christ to the world around us.”
Carl Eckler presented a history of the church. During its three years in operation the church has grown from 13 charter members who met for the first time January of 2011, to a current membership of 62 with 22 non-member guests and community members attending. The amount of outreach, evangelism, VBS, health, and financial seminars they have held since their beginnings is commendable. Wayne Kablanow, pastor of the Northview Church said, “Reviewing the history of the church makes me tired.”
Those who shoveled the sandy earth were Ken Iblings, building coordinator; with Louanna Henderson, charter member; Lili Mackin, representing the youth, and Samuel Cromwell, representing the children of the church. The church is located at 12405 N Wilson Street in Mead, Washington.