From Darrington Road, the building peeks over its neighbor’s rooftops with a sign: Hope. It is that simple message that Pastor Ron Kelley and wife Lori look to bring fellow Horizonites.
The Family of Hope Church (14101 Weaver Road) is housed in a former asphalt plant, at the intersection of three dirt roads that the city assures Pastor Kelly and Lori will soon be paved.
“The location is hard to find,” Lori shares, while standing in the middle of the tidy racks of new and gently-used clothes, “but we’re blessed to have this location, since it was free.” The church and its surroundings are a work in progress, made possible by the donations of companies and community members alike.
Lori continues, “All the donations really overwhelmed us…the clothes were to help our many missions, then we considered how much we had…so we decided to open a store and try to help everyone out.” The store’s inventory has gently used clothing and brand new clothing, donated by a major retail chain not too long ago.
The store is open weekdays, 10 to 5 p.m., and prices range from .50 cents to $4.99. Lori says the prices are meant to be affordable for all, another way of passing the blessings on to those who need them. Donations to the store are always welcome, and can be dropped off at the church’s location, or – if the address is in Horizon City – a pick up can be arranged.
While the store, only open three weeks, occupies the entrance to the church and a small room behind the church’s snack bar, all of that will change in the not-too-distant future. Plans to expand the store to the entire front of the former pavement-producing facility are in the works; as is an expansion of the sorting and receiving areas.
She adds, “The Lord blessed us, so we need to spread that blessing to others.” Those blessings will also include a food pantry and more fellowship programs for their church members and the community at large.
“It all comes down to finances, if the store is successful…the our plans will be as well,” Lori said. Proceeds from the store sales support both their community outreach programs, as well as their international missions.
Even with the financial challenges, the church continues to make strides in its new home, expanding classrooms for the children and continuing to upgrade the rest of the facility. Aside from the store, the church’s main hall – replete with a stage and lighting – shows their commitment to their parishioners and their mission.
In addition to the store and their ministry, the church also hosts several yearly events, including a Fall Pumpkin Patch, Summer Family Fiesta and an annual Easter Egg Hunt. There are also plans to again hold a “Harvest for the Hungry Dinner” during Thanksgiving. The last harvest fed over 60 families, and plans are to hold it once again this year.