The idea of community work projects certainly isn’t new — most of us have heard stories about neighbors pitching in to hoist beams for a barn-raising or volunteers swinging paint brushes and hammers to provide shelter for a needy family.
Some of us have helped with similar projects ourselves.
But even so, what happened at the Rock Church in Justin on Sunday was impressive.
Members of the church held services in a brand-new building, a structure that was built in about 24 hours. On Friday morning, there was only a concrete slab where the church now sits.
The structure was built with the help of Church in a Day, a program of the United Pentecostal Church International, which has helped build more than 85 churches across the United States. Hundreds of volunteers from Texas and bordering states converged on the site to help put up the 4,100-square-foot building.
The project is a great example of what can be accomplished when people team up to tackle a project, briefly putting their own needs aside to work toward a common goal.
It may be an old-fashioned idea, but it works. Neighbor helping neighbor — especially when some of those “neighbors” travel from other areas or even from outside the state — is an inspirational concept.
When people join hands and work together, they can move a mountain or, in this case, put up a church building in short order.
Before they got their new building, church members rented space in a funeral home, and the first services were in a café about 4 1/2 years ago, after the Rev. Shane LeJeune and his wife began teaching a Bible study for families in Justin.
The class continued to grow, and now, the church members have a new place to meet. And though their building is now standing, church members said a lot of work remains to be done on the inside, including fastening down the pews, furnishing the fellowship hall and organizing the Sunday school rooms.
We’re confident the job will get finished because at its heart, the story of the Rock Church isn’t about a building.
Members of the church told us they’ve never believed that the building made the church. It’s the people, they said.
“This building will never hold the church,” LeJeune said. “We’re a church in school, in the grocery store and when we’re at home.”
Sounds to us like the people who have worked to establish the Rock Church have their priorities in order, and we’ve got a feeling that they’ll continue to prosper.
We can all learn a good lesson from their example.