Vineyard Christian Fellowship moves to new location

Church service now held at Verde Valley Christian Church

VVN/Philip Wright<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Vineyard Christian Fellowship now holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. in the Verde Valley Christian Church building at 3605 Zalesky Road in Cottonwood. Pastors Jim Hammond, left, of Verde Valley Christian Church and Randy Sutter of Vineyard Christian Fellowship have been friends for 20 years. Hammond and his board graciously offered to allow Sutter and his church membership hold services in the Zalesky Road building.

VVN/Philip Wright<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Vineyard Christian Fellowship now holds Sunday services at 10 a.m. in the Verde Valley Christian Church building at 3605 Zalesky Road in Cottonwood. Pastors Jim Hammond, left, of Verde Valley Christian Church and Randy Sutter of Vineyard Christian Fellowship have been friends for 20 years. Hammond and his board graciously offered to allow Sutter and his church membership hold services in the Zalesky Road building.

COTTONWOOD – Vineyard Christian Fellowship, after 16 years at Mingus Avenue and SR 89A, is now holding Sunday church services at 10 a.m. in the Verde Valley Christian Church building at 3605 Zalesky Road.

Verde Valley Christian Church continues to hold Sunday services in the auditorium of Dr. Daniel Bright Elementary School at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m.

Vineyard Pastor Randy Sutter said the first service was held Aug. 7 on Zalesky Road.

“Everything else we do are small-group study and Bible study,” Sutter said. Those are held in private homes.

Sutter said the Vineyard Christian Fellowship was at the Mingus location and various other locations for many years. “One of the buildings was going to be sold,” he said. “The pending sale of the buildings caused our move.”

Verde Valley Christian Church Pastor Jim Hammond said his church has been located at the Zalesky Road location for 40 years. But Sunday services have been held at Dr. Daniel Bright School for about eight years. The church owns property in Clarkdale, and all of the infrastructure for a new church is in place. A move is expected when construction is completed, but because fundraising is still under way, the target completion date has not been set.

Sutter said he wants people to know how gracious Hammond and his board have been in offering to share their facility.

“We have had respect for each other as pastors for 20 years,” Sutter said.

Hammond agreed: “It wasn’t a business move,” he said. “It was a ministry move.”

Hammond said that when the subject came up during a church board meeting, one congregation member said, “We’ve been so blessed, we need to figure out a way to bless them.”

Sutter explained that it was during a weekly Pastor’s Prayer Group that the subject first came up. He said he mentioned during the prayer group that his church needed another facility. Hammond asked him if it was OK for him to mention to his board that the Vineyard Fellowship was in need of a facility.

“Instead of how can we benefit from this,” Sutter said the folks at Verde Valley Christian Church turned it into, “How can we bless another church?”

Aug. 21 will be the Vineyard Christian Fellowship’s grand opening celebration of its new location. The regular 10 a.m. church service will be followed with a free barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers.

For information about Vineyard Christian Fellowship call (928) 634-2459.

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