Pictured are the remaining founding members who helped break ground in 1998 for Cedarwood Community Church. From left, Dr. Ronald Rudd, John and Priscilla Abrams, Jimmy Don and Sarah Shoemaker, Faye and Jesse Davis and Laura and Mickey Knight. Contributed photo
Pictured are the remaining founding members who helped break ground in 1998 for Cedarwood Community Church. From left, Dr. Ronald Rudd, John and Priscilla Abrams, Jimmy Don and Sarah Shoemaker, Faye and Jesse Davis and Laura and Mickey Knight. Contributed photo

Cedarwood to celebrate mortgage burning

Published 9:56am Thursday, July 11, 2013

In the mid-1990s, a small group began a journey to build a church and a private Christian school. Those involved were members of the congregational church who worship every Sunday under the name of Cedarwood Community Church in Wetumpka.
The church first gathered at what was then known as Kids Club. The church facility was built and in 1998 the congregation held its first worship service.
Under the leadership of Rev. Earl Crutchfield, the church was a new church development project for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Originally the church was home for the Wetumpka campus of Chapman Christian Academy. In 2010, John Chapman closed the school to focus on its main campus in Millbrook.
A plan was formed to raise money to pay off the church mortgage. After three years of special fundraising, the church is debt-free. The church will officially burn the mortgage July 14 at 10 a.m.
“We welcome anyone who has ever attended Cedarwood Community Church,” said current pastor Rev. Roger Olsen.
In addition, the top 40 Southern gospel group, The Cavaliers Quartet, will be in concert that morning to help celebrate.
Cedarwood has been host to many community groups and ministries. The Elmore County Shaped Note Singing Convention meets on the third Saturday of every month. Threads of Life outreach ministry meets the third Tuesday of every month.
The church gym saw the first Upward Basketball youth ministry in Wetumpka. The Adullam House Christian Academy used the facility during the 2011-2012 school year before acquiring its own school building. Beginning Aug. 10, Gamblers Anonymous will meet at the church on a weekly basis.
For more information, call the church office at 334-567-0476 and follow on Facebook.

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