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'Church' more than a building for Cary ministry

Posted July 13, 2014

— Some may view church as a particular building of worship, but for members of Greater Life Ministries, church represents the place where they hold services.

For the last few weeks, that place has been the Holiday Inn on Glenwood Avenue near Crabtree Valley Mall.

“Wherever we go, as long as we have God with us, we can worship,” said Mary Baxter, church pastor.

Greater Life Ministries was forced out of their Cary home on Chapel Hill Road in June after a large oak tree limb fell on their roof, tearing several holes in the ceiling and sending sheet rock and insulation crashing to the floor. The structure was deemed unsafe by a building inspector.

The building’s property owner has not given a time frame regarding when repairs will be made, Baxter said.

“We’re thankful most of all (that) nobody was hurt,” said parishioner Paula Stewart.

With the different venue comes a unique set of challenges, Baxter said.

“We can't be as loud as we were when we were in the church, so we have to keep in mind that there are other people staying in the hotel,” she said.

Attendance, which averaged about 70 people for Sunday services, has been cut by half. The church’s summer camp has been put on hold, along with their children’s and outreach ministries.

For now, the church is making the best out of their situation.

“We do desire to have a place to worship where we can be free to have bible study and do the other ministries,” Baxter said. “So we really need a place of worship.”


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 14, 2014

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    Well, not necessarily. If one believes in God, then they must also believe in the devil.

    Between the two, which would want a ministry of God stopped?

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 14, 2014

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    Yep, and He rarely taught or ministered in an actual building.

    He usually taught and ministered in gathering places like mountain tops, beside rivers/streams or in the center of towns.

    So too can we.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 14, 2014

    “'Wherever we go, as long as we have God with us, we can worship,' said Mary Baxter, church pastor."

    Exactly! No need for fancy expensive churches, garb or decorations. God is within us, and wherever we go, He goes with us - be it a mansion or a simple picnic table.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jul 14, 2014

    Jesus was a carpenter.

  • Fanny Chmelar Jul 14, 2014
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    God's will. You fix what he did and you're going to be in trouble.