Cornerstone Community Church breaks ground on new building

Published: Feb. 24, 2021 at 12:48 AM CST
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A church in Riverton broke ground on Sunday February 21st, and dirt work has begun to build what was just a dream for the congregation, four years ago. What may look like piles of dirt and dust in the wind on Riverview, are Cornerstone Community Church’s prayers and hopes being fulfilled. Pastor Ian McFarland stated “We got the architectural designs going and finally last fall got those approved with the city. We were too late in the year to start building, so now we’re off to the races.”

About four years ago they added a second service to accommodate all the people attending. That wasn’t ideal, as it was important for them to be one unified group, but since then they’ve had to add a third service which has made logistics a bit tricky. “I always feel like we’re on this rigid schedule and rushing and trying to move people in and out and you sometimes lose the relationship element, which is critical in a church,” Pastor McFarland added.

In the new facility there will be a large foyer area where people have more room to drink coffee and catch up on life, but it’s been a matter of patience. They purchased the land for the church two years ago. The pastor emphasized, “I think it was just one of those things God tries to teach us, is to wait on Him and to be patient, to learn not to get ahead of ourselves, and to not jump into things before we’re ready and to take our time, but it was a little hard. Everybody’s excited, and we want to be ready to go when the time is right.”

Continued patience will be required as the end date will most likely be at least a year, if not more. It was important for the church to hire locally as much as possible for all the construction. Pastor McFarland said that much of the construction will be done by members and contractors that attend the church. He added that it’s very neat to see the church family work together like that, “we’re very thankful,” McFarland said. The new church will be at the intersection of Riverview and Augusta, and they hope to have the structure up and enclosed before next winter. For now, they are still operating our of their previous location at 402 S 7th St E in Riverton.

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