History

1990

November 1990 – Pastor Craven Ford and family move to Fuquay-Varina to begin developing a new Lutheran congregation.

1991

March 21, 1991 – First interest meeting was held at the Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Club. Fifty-four people attended.

April 24, 1991 – First weekly Bible Study began in the Ford home.

May 5, 1991 – First worship service held at Fuquay-Varina High School with 166 attending.

June 16, 1991 – First weekly Holy Communion service.

September 8, 1991 – The Charter of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church is opened for signatures. One hundred and three people sign on this date.

1992

October 18, 1992 – Date of organization of congregation.

1994

August 1994 – Pastor John Weinbach begins as pastor.

1995

July 1995 – The Congregation petitioned the Division of Outreach, ELCA, to build a church and was given approval.

1997

February 1997 – Groundbreaking for a new building.

1999

April 18, 1999 – Building is dedicated.

2000

August 2000 – Construction begins on pavilion area.

October 2000 – A.P.P.L.E. Seeds holds first class with six students.

2002

April 2002 – Pastor Jeffrey Ingold accepts call to Abiding Presence.

October 2002 – “Festival of Celebrations” held to honor our tenth anniversary.

2003

2003 – Building Expansion Committee appointed.

2005

December 2005 – Certificate of occupancy for “God’s House of Rock and Community Center,” newly renovated closed in pavilion.

2008

November 11, 2008 – Dedication of fellowship hall and new sanctuary