The 40-foot cross, which sat atop the former Christ Community Church at 225 E. Exchange St., was removed when the church's leaders changed the congregation's name to C3 Exchange and said they wanted to become an inclusive spiritual community not focused solely on Christian beliefs.
When the cross was removed amid public controversy on June 22, 2010, International Aid leaders asked C3 officials if they would donate the steel-crafted structure to the locally based Christian relief organization.
International Aid officials had planned to erect the cross at their headquarters at 17011 Hickory St., but Spring Lake Township zoning and height restrictions nixed that idea.
“We are excited to give this cross back to the original building that it was built for,” said Brian Anderson, president and CEO of International Aid. “It's amazing to see how God had His hand in this the whole time, and how it's being revealed to us.”
Due to budget and mortgage troubles, the C3 congregation moved its worship services to the Grand Haven Community Center in the fall of 2011 and put the Spring Lake building up for sale. After a deal to sell it to the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids fell through, Harvest Bible Church purchased the property in May 2012.
After being vacant for more than a year, the building is undergoing massive renovations and should be open for its first worship service in late March.
David Wisen, senior pastor for Harvest Bible Church, said they plan to resurrect the cross on the morning of Good Friday, March 29. A public dedication service is planned for noon that day.
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