Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Abiding Harvest plows ground for expansion


by priscilla huber

Between worship services and Easter egg hunts, Abiding Harvest United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow broke ground March 27 on a building expansion: the Abiding Harvest Multi-Activity Center.

However, there were no gold shovels at the Easter Sunday event. Members of the Building Committee, chaired by Phil Terry, lay hold of an old-fashioned plow, guiding it to turn the earth as the entire congregation pulled together on one long rope.

"It’s a WE thing!" declared Pastor Chris Buskirk. "We pull together in ministry and in making this building, a tool for still more ministry, possible."

The project started with a $750,000 challenge gift from an unnamed donor almost a year ago. The people of the church responded by exceeding the challenge amount, and the total thus far raised in funds and pledges is $1.9 million.

The facility, 13,400 square feet, will house a gymnasium, classrooms, an amphitheater courtyard, a growing youth ministry, and more. It will be a host site for educational partnership with a nearby elementary school, and a distribution station for a community garden now in development.

Abiding Harvest is a small-groups church that emphasizes presence-based worship and vital service to the community. A free hot breakfast is served every Sunday, at 10 a.m., and worship at 10:30 always opens with Communion.

Watch a brief video of the groundbreaking at https://vimeo.com/163862989


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PULLING TOGETHER — Building committee leaders, foreground, guide a plow as the people ceremoniously dig into a church expansion project for Abiding Harvest UMC, Broken Arrow.

Photos by Priscilla Huber

Beneath a brightly striped tent at Abiding Harvest UMC, children get a closer look at an old farm plow used for breaking ground on Easter.



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