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September 4, 2013

New beginnings for New River

Hudson Oaks church expanding its sanctuary and its reach

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“We developed the room and the stage to have a panoramic view to keep people, even seated on the back row, as close as possible,” Crenshaw said.

The majority of funding for the $5 million fellowship hall has come from church members, with area businesses also stepping in to donate funds and materials to the project.

“Our people have been incredible,” Crenshaw said. “The majority of the congregation has been a part of this journey and of Project 602. They have a desire to help us make an impact.”

Other ventures

As part of Project 602, named after the 602,000 residents within a 20-mile radius of the church, expansion of New River Fellowship isn’t just happening in Parker County.

Currently, New River Fellowship has active life groups throughout Mineral Wells and is also involved with Center of Life, a local benevolence ministry.

“Things are going great in Mineral Wells,” Crenshaw said.

New River is also growing on the other side of Parker County with the recent purchase of a church in Benbrook six weeks ago.

“We think of it as an adoption,” Crenshaw said of the relationship between New River and Ridgelife Church. “Benbrook approached us a few weeks ago and told us they were excited about the things that we were doing and wanted to be a part of it.

“It’s a wonderful church and a fantastic building and we’re happy to be able to bring them into our family.”

For more information on the progress of New River Fellowship Church, visit www.newriver.tv.

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