A New Era
On Sunday morning, October 1, our church begins a new era in our ministry life. It is a signal moment for us. As you might imagine, we have had many of these moments in our life in ministry in this community.
For example, our forebears sensed the call of God to establish a church in Johnson Station in the winter of 1871. None of them could have foreseen the future of our community or our church at that time. However, they were faithful to God and stepped forward in faith and began a new ministry on the frontier of Texas.
Then, in 1876, our church made the decision to move three miles north to follow the growth of the community. The city of Arlington was established that year and our church moved to be located in the heart of the new city. Since that time, our church has provided a myriad of ministries to the good people of Arlington, Texas.
Fast forward to 2017. We have re-located two more times since 1876. We finally landed on Center Street in 1945. We built our “new” Sanctuary in 1959. It has served us well all these years. We have modified it along the way. We re-modeled the room in 1991 and provided occasional refurbishments as well. However, this time, we have completely overhauled the room. We gutted it down to the walls, floor and ceiling. We have basically re-built our Sanctuary.
On October 1, we re-open this special room of worship for our congregation and community. It is outfitted with the latest technology in audio and video. It contains a special looping mechanism for the hearing impaired. It is equipped with the newest 4K technology in cameras and projectors. We have installed over 15 miles of cable! It has the latest technology in acoustical walls. Nothing was left undone.
The organ was uniquely crafted by Marshall-Ogletree for our room. Seventy-two speakers were installed to support just the organ! Each light in the room can display the full range of the color spectrum on demand. The platform was designed for aesthetics and acoustics. The walls have been majestically decorated by Jon and Robert Hoffman. We have strategically placed Psalm 1 around the room on the base-board of the wall. We also have placed Colossians 2:6-7 over the main doors leading to the Hamill Welcome Center.
We have sent a message to our community. FBC Arlington is alive and well in 2017. We have an eye on the future. We are preparing to break ground on our new Preschool/Children’s Building. Again, we are planning for the future in our ministry to young families. We will be upgrading Mission Arlington’s food distribution ministry as well as providing new space for our Senior Adults. We are blessing the Generations. We are also celebrating the launching of a new era in ministry for our church. Praise God!