Parishioners and laborers move with excited determination through hallways, tracking in dust from the yet-to-be-paved parking lot. The joy is evident as members of Trinity Anglican Church in Lago Vista stop by and see the progress being made on their new building. All through the day, new individuals pop in, offering to line shelves and paint rooms and unload new chairs. Trinity is not a new congregation, but the Sunday will be their first meeting in their new building. Father Dale Chrisman and his wife Jacque have their phones beside them at all times, answering questions from insurance agents and contractors, ensuring everything is ready for the dedication service on Sunday.
This building, built on land beautifully atop a Texas Hill Country scene, was purchased in 2011. When asked about what this church represents, parishioner Candi Austin uses one word: sacrifice. When Father Chrisman approached the congregation to fundraise for the building, he saw parishioners make sacrifices for the Kingdom. “There was and is so much sacrificial giving among our members. There are families I know who don’t have any money, who were willing to take second jobs or commit their social security checks to the capital campaign.” Jacque also notes the faithfulness of Trinity’s members. “Our capital campaign happened ages ago, and it is so encouraging to still see people so committed to seeing this building finished.”
While most churches can relate to excitement of having a permanent building, when asked about why this building is so exciting, Jacque says, “We are very good at doing church… now we get to be the church.” Plans are already being discussed as to how they can use this building to further the Kingdom work in the area, including partnerships with other ministries already working in other parts of the greater Austin area. Atop an overlook on FM 1431, Trinity will be both a literal and symbolic light on a hill for the area, furthering Christ’s kingdom through the sacrifice of many.
Join Trinity for their dedication service on Sunday, October 23rd at 10AM, 18900 FM 1431, Jonestown, Texas. See below for more information.