In Sandston, Virginia, a Chick-fil-A opened on Sunday. But it wasn’t to sell more beloved chicken sandwiches. The restaurant opened its doors so a displaced church would have somewhere to worship the Lord!
Founded upon Christian principles, Chick-fil-A as a whole doesn’t operate on Sundays, in order to give employees the opportunity to have a day of rest and worship. But when the congregation of White Oak Community Church found themselves booted from their regular meeting space, the restaurant stepped in to help.
The group had been using the ballroom at an Econo Lodge hotel to meet. However, when they showed up on Sunday, signs on the hotel’s door made it clear they wouldn’t be meeting.
"Upon arriving to our current worship location we found that the building has condemned signs on the door," the church said. "The only legal use of any of the spaces are for the Econo Lodge to conduct business. We obviously do not have church this morning."
Because of building issues, the County had temporarily shut the hotel down, leaving the White Oak Community Church in a scramble to find a new meeting space.
The displaced church, however, kept a positive attitude, trusting in God to provide.
“Know that this is only a minor setback,” read a post on the church’s Facebook page. “Often God sandblasted us out of places in order for us to see the next great thing that he has for His church. A little frustrated this morning, but excited for what God has for our future!”
And God certainly came through!
Chick-fil-A Opened On Sunday
One of the board members at the church works at Chick-fil-A. And so, she reached out to her supervisor to see if the restaurant could help. The chain gladly helped out, and Chick-fil-A opened on Sunday for the displaced church!
"No they are not serving food… You cannot order chicken biscuits at Chick-fil-A next Sunday,"Lead Pastor Dave Wilde joked in a video posted to Facebook.
Around 30 folks showed up at the restaurant to praise God. And the temporary arrangement with Chick-fil-A ensures the church won’t skip a beat while leadership finds a permanent meeting space.
No matter the obstacle, there’s always hope for those who trust in God!
h/t: Christian Headlines
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