Alexandria UMC (Cheaha District) has become Stepping Stone--A United Methodist Faith Community.
The new name also marks a plan to relocate.
Pastor Rev. Paula Calhoun says, “Stepping Stone UMC is very excited about living into God's new vision and participating in providing new resources for the surrounding community.”
In May 2010, the congregation bought property for a new church campus. In July 2010 they sold their existing property. Ronnie Carr (Carr Land Company) bought the existing property with a vision for a new park and community center. J.D. Hess, Calhoun County Commissioner is leading the vision/construction process.
Work has already begun on the new park. Recently, an old, one-lane, wooden bridge was moved to the property from the intersection of Old Broadwell Mill and Broadwell Mill roads west of Jacksonville. According to the Anniston Star it is the first of two historic structures expected to be placed in the park.
The Stepping Stone congregation hopes to break ground on the new church campus in November 2010.
Cheaha District Superintendent Rev. Bob Alford says, “Stepping Stone UMC has worked diligently to move forward by reclaiming their core values of outreach and mission in the community. I have been so impressed with the attitude of ‘yes we can’ and the good communication that has made the church’s decision to relocate so positive. Their new location will move them to a major thoroughfare with great visibility and presence. They are already one of the most active churches in Alexandria and will now offer an even greater presence.”