By Rev. Ed Peterson*
On Sunday, October 27, the congregation of First United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District) in Middlefield dedicated 15 acres of land, which will be the new site for the church.
In 2009, the congregation began to feel a nudge that God was calling it do something. Members recognized that the present facility was limiting the ability to expand current and initiate new ministries. Building an addition to the current building was not possible, so the search for a new location began.
The site where the new church will be built is within walking distance for all students in the local school system. It is also adjacent to one of the most identifiable landmarks in Geauga County – Mary Yoder’s Restaurant.
On Sunday, the cross led the way as the congregation processed from the current building through the center of Middlefield to the new site. The cross was placed in the soil and the ground was consecrated to the glory of God.
Construction on the building is yet to be scheduled. In the meantime, the land will serve as the site for new ministries. Current possibilities being considered are an off-site worship service, a community garden, and recreation fields.
*Rev. Ed Peterson is in his 9th year as pastor of First United Methodist Church.
Photos by Kim Breyley