The official opening of the new building of Moscow church
The official opening and dedication of the new building of “Good news” Moscow church of pastor Rick Renner was held on December 7, reports The Christian Telegraph.
In the frame of the opening ceremony the church held three services. According to protestant.ru, the ceremony of consecration of the church was held by Sergey Ryakhovskiy, the head bishop of RUOEC (Russian Union of Evangelical Christians).
The red ribbon was cut by both Rick and Denise Renner, Sergey and Nina Ryakhovsky, Andrew and Zinaida Chetarev (pastor of “Good News” in Riga), Jim and Olga Bloom (ministry partners of Rick Renner) and Andrey and Larissa Vasilyev (Andrei Vasilyev was responsible for the construction of the building).
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the contractors and organizations that worked on the reconstruction of the building.
Pastor Rick Renner in his sermon spoke about the four vital works of race: salvation, baptism, renewal and church membership. Sergey Ryakhovskiy, noted that the construction of the church pleases God. The Deputy Chairman of RUOEC Konstantin Bendas stressed that this is the 32th building, which belongs to the Protestant churches in Moscow, 7 of which are part of their union.
It is worth noting that the opening ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Presidential Administration of Russia, the State Duma and the Moscow government.
Ministers, pastors and bishops also congratulated the church with the opening of the new building.
According to Paul Renner, the senior pastor of “Good News” church, the first donation to the building was made in September 2000.
The Evangelical Christian Church “Good news” exists in Moscow since 2000 and currently has about 3,500 members. The church focuses especially on the people, who need a lot of care of their souls, also provides individual counseling on parenting, relationships, marriage, etc. They have a ministering for the elderly people as well, and have a special ministry “Golden Age,” which covers about 4,000 people. The Church supports five orphanages and four boarding schools. Another important activity of the church is to help migrants, therefore it holds special Sunday services for Vietnamese, and for Armenians and Kirghiz in the format of small group meetings.