The Connection’s First Major Project in Rochester
God has seen fit to place Heart and Soul Community Church in the middle of some of Rochester’s most marginalized and violent neighborhoods. Pastors Louis and Joanne Colon have built bridges to more than fifty new families and some 40-50 children and young people. This has been accomplished through a monthly food and clothing distribution block ministry program, summer VBS programming, and an innovative Wednesday evening hotdog and marshmallow ministry. They have also continued a refugee ministry among the families from the Uduk People of Sudan started by the founding pastor. God has put together this multi-cultural, multi-racial, and international ministering community in the heart of Rochester, NY. The leadership team’s heart and passion for the people in the city is evident in everything they do.
However, Pastor Joanne and Louis inherited a building with a basement that had been flooded for major parts of the last eight years causing the church to move to temporary facilities in a charter school on Clifford Ave, off Hudson. The long-term presence of water did extensive damage to the basement area and resulted in mold and rot throughout the building. With recent work on Clinton Ave, the water infiltration seems to have been corrected and plans are now underway to move back to this mortgage-free 1.4 acre ministry site early in 2009.
The Rochester Connection partnered with Heart and Soul Community Church to renovate their building and to provide leadership training and strategic planning to strengthen their needed and growing city ministry. See before and after pictures of how God networked 18 different churches and over 150 volunteers over this two year long restoration and expansion project.
THANK YOU to these Free Methodist gatherings and/or congregations: Batavia, Brockport, CrossCreek (Palmyra), Crossroads (Webster), Edgewood, East Williamson, Genesis Annual Conference, Gerry, Golden Heirs, Gowanda, Park Ridge, Orlando Fellowship, Pearce Memorial, Rainer Avenue (Seattle WA.) and to Roberts Wesleyan College.
THANK YOU to The Abundant Life Fellowship (House Church), Elmira Christian Church and some 60 family units or individual donors, along with well over 150 volunteers who made this ministry a reality in the inner city of Rochester, NY.
Brief Construction History