Orthodox Mission Planting in Hattiesburg MS

Campaign Created by: Holy Cross Orthodox Mission Church
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The funds from this campaign will be received by Mac Alford.

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Goal : $10,000

Raised : $7,148

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An appeal from our Pastor Fr. Alexis

In January of 2020, my family and I moved to Mississippi to begin a joyous and blessed ministry. We answered the call to undertake the kind of work that an Orthodox priest rarely gets to do; not only to serve as missionaries - but to travel across the State of Mississippi and serve 3 different and spread out Mission communities. What a great joy it is to not only help plant the solid foundation of these communities, but to see them grow!

During the months of January 2020 through September 2021, the Missions have been blessed to have children baptized and 7 new people received into the Church. Additionally, we currently have 11 Catechumens being prepared to join. This growth is continuing, as we’ve also had several new families start attending the Missions as well.

In Hattiesburg, at the Holy Cross Mission, we have a tremendous opportunity to continue to move forward in growth and in continuing to preach the Gospel and bring the Good News of Christ to our area. We are looking to purchase an actual church building with land and a parking lot.

Bethel Baptist Church was built as a community church for the surrounding neighborhood. Constructed in 1962, it weathered many storms, both physical and spiritual. For the last six years, it has been out of use and needs a little work. So we are asking your help in doing something wonderful: fixing this church up and breathing new life into it. In times like these, we want to let this little Church again help others weather the storms of life.

After the inspection, appraisal, various meetings with the city, and consulting with contractors, we have a full scope of everything required. The roof, floor/foundation, and walls are all in workable shape. There are, however, a number of projects we’ll need to complete. Here’s a short list with an estimate of prices:

Brick work restoration: $2,000, Stan Williams Brick Mason

Parking lot striping: $1,000, Baxter Striping

ADA ramp/Roof fascia/roof-crawl space grates: $2,000, Carraro Construction

AC and heating unit: $6,000 to $8,000, Misc. Electrical work: $750

Gutter installation: $2,000, Precision Seamless Gutters

Brief description of work:
The building has a brick veneer. This veneer was damaged over the top and door lintel of the front door, posing a slight hazard. Easily remedied by a brick mason.

The parking lot is in good shape, but the city has requested that it be striped. This includes an ADA handicap spot and ramp. Baxter striping and Carraro construction will effectively complete these items.

Miscellaneous electrical work needs (outlets, covering wires, etc) to be done and a few grates need to be installed over attic vents and crawlspace access to keep outside critters outside.

The church does not have gutters. Adding gutters will improve water drainage for the property.

The central AC heating unit is 20+ years old and out of service. A full replacement of the unit is necessary, as it is completely non-functioning and unrepairable. Central AC and Heat vents and tubes have already been added about 10 years ago.

UPDATES

Update #3
October 10, 2021
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I'm moving our original text of the appeal to this location. The new appeal text is from our priest, Father Alexis. God bless.

Our little mission parish of the Orthodox Church of America in Hattiesburg, MS (holycrosshattiesburg.org) has an opportunity to purchase a defunct Baptist church in our area. We have been hanging around in the area for years, mostly meeting in storefronts, borrowed or rented space from local organizations, and the like. At the beginning of 2020, we had a priest assigned to our little parish (he takes care of multiple churches). We were experiencing growth, but COVID put a damper on things a bit - but we feel that God is blessing us with momentum again. The opportunity to buy this property will enable us to better reach our community. No more cramped spaces and renting! But of course, owning a property comes with many responsibilities, and costs both anticipated and hidden. 

We hope that all people of goodwill that are able to contribute to the growth of Orthodoxy in Mississippi will help us in any way possible. Let's see the joy and healing of Orthodoxy take deep root in Hattiesburg - the Hub City - and from this hub spread through other parts of the state and beyond. We truly believe that with your assistance, we can see wonderful fruit for Christ's harvest.

If you'd like be placed on our mailing list or would like more information about our parish, please email holycrosshattiesburg@gmail.com.
 

Update #2
August 29, 2021
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Wow. We reached $2000, and I'm astounded at the generosity of so many. This will be so useful to our little parish. Thank you!

Update #1 Initial Goal Met!
August 28, 2021
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I could have never imagined that in less than 24 hours of putting our campaign "out there", our initial goal of $1000 would be met. Glory be to our God and Savior Jesus Christ! I'll admit. I had no idea how this would go. I'm so amazed. Please, if you're familiar with purchasing and remodeling real estate, you know that $1000 will go quickly. If you want to give above our initial goal, we would be so grateful.

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