Food pantry, church to move next week

May. 23, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

A church and food pantry being forced out of its building on Morganton Boulevard has found someplace to go. Actually, two places.

The Storehouse Daily Bread Ministry and Crossroads Community Church will hold its last services and food distribution from its 40,000-square-foot Morganton Boulevard building, where it has operated since August 2010, this Sunday and Monday.

The food pantry will re-open the next Monday, June 2, on Bradford Mountain Road. Two buildings and some land were given to the church.

The church will hold its June 1 Sunday service from the American Legion building in Lenoir, which will be a temporary home while the church tries to buy a building in Hudson owned by Best Builders of Caldwell, Pastor Rick Bowman said.

"This is a blessing for us," Bowman said. "God shut one door and is opening another. The church is excited that God is working. It's all good."

Although the church and food pantry had been using the Morganton Boulevard building rent-free for more than three years, the church did not own the building. CommunityOne Bank foreclosed on the property in 2012 and allowed the church and food pantry to continue but now says the building has been sold. The church and food pantry were told May 1 that they had to leave by May 14, but as that deadline neared the church was given another two weeks.