More than 100 church members and friends helped bury a ceremonial prayer box at the site of the new East Coast Christian Center in Viera on Sunday, April 18.
The new church will be on Viera Boulevard near Manatee Elementary School. The ceremony was prior to the official groundbreaking of the nearly 20,000-square-foot church. Church officials hope construction will be completed by Easter Sunday 2022. W&J Construction Corp. of Rockledge is building the church.
“We are pleased to have chosen this site for our new church,” said ECCC Pastor Matt Stallbaum. “It is very important for us to make a statement of faith, a commitment to the community. Nothing has been built on this land before. We want this to be a church of hope and faith.”
Since 2011, ECCC has used Viera High School for its services. The congregation includes at least 300 families.
“Once the church is built, the community can gather at more occasions,” Stallbaum said.
Prior to its burial, the box was filled with prayer requests by church members. The ceremony included free ice cream, water and live music.
Neil and Sharon Migala, residents of Windover Farms in Melbourne, attended the ceremony with their three boys, ages 14, 11 and 9. They have been members since ECCC held services in The Avenue movie theater and the high school.
“This is a huge event,” said Sharon Migala, who put two prayer requests for family members in the box. “We constantly tear up and down our services now, but when the church is built, we will have roots and be seen by the community.”
Christian Hurston, the associate pastor and project manager, said this is truly a very special time for ECCC. “It has been a long road for us, but we are close to fulfilling our mission of building a life-giving church that lasts, he said.
For more information about ECCC in Viera, visit eccc.us/viera.