Sunday, August 1st, 1999 was a special day for the people of Fellowship Community Church. The congregation celebrated their four year anniversary by erecting a 30 foot cross beside the road on their new property on Norwalk Avenue. At that time the church was a “portable” church with weekly services being held in the Norwalk High School. The ten acres on North Avenue had an old farm house on it that the church used for staff offices and a place for weekday meetings. The property, known as the old “Winter’s Place”, had once been owned by Doc Winters, a well-known Norwalk veterinarian from way back in the 1930’s. At that time it was considered on the far west boundary of Norwalk proper.
The cross that was placed beside the road was lovingly made by some of the men of FCC. Its stated purpose was to “serve as a testimony to the people of Norwalk to God’s saving grace, and as a commitment by the people of FCC to build a permanent facility in God’s timing to serve as a lighthouse to everyone in the area.” God’s timing came four years later when the church built their current 30,000 square foot facility which today services not only the church and it’s ministries but is used by many local groups and organizations. It is also home to FCC’s Stepping Stones Preschool, Day Care and Before/After School programs which service approximately 180 children every week.
Several years ago lights were installed on the cross making it visible even at night. A local resident, not connected with the church, wrote a poem about the cross and sent it to the church. It says in part,
“The hilltop cross is a joy to behold, it means more to me than I’ve ever told.
I can’t wait for dark to look at its light, for always its beauty is out of sight.
I go to my window many times to look for the cross. It tells immediately that I’m not the boss.
God died on the cross to save us from sin. So, why do so many act on a whim?
When the leaves are on the trees, the cross is hidden from sight,
I can’t tell you how much I miss that brilliant light.
Christ is the light of the world, you’ll agree.
And the Fellowship cross is a delight to me.”
The cross has stood in the same location on North Avenue for the past 14 years until this spring when weathering finally took its toll and the cross fell during a storm. It was determined by church leaders to erect a new cross as soon as possible so for the past several months church members have dedicated their time to constructing a steel-cored cross that can withstand high winds. The new cross was lifted up and placed into the ground on Friday, August 16th.
The church will be holding a dedication of the new cross on Sunday, September 1st outside at the conclusion of their morning service. The public is welcome to participate in the 10:30 a.m. service and the dedication of the cross. For more information about FCC and its ministries call the church office at 981-0699 or visit www.fccnorwalk.org.