The Gathering Grounds Coffee Shop, a project of the Indian Lake Community Church/Lighthouse at Indian Lake congregation, is finally ready to open its doors. The shop located at 337 E. Main St. in Russells Point is a full-service coffee shop offering fresh brewed Hemisphere coffee, cold brewed coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, expressos, smoothies, teas and pastries.
Church Pastor of Operations Dave Hafenbrack said while many people have been excited about a coffee shop at the lake, many also had the question why a church was taking on a business venture such as this. “Essentially this is another form of outreach for us and a way to give back to the community. All the proceeds from this shop will be reinvested in the community in one way or another, either through church programs or by donating directly to other entities and projects in the Indian Lake area”.
The creation of the shop has been a group project from the start, according to Pastor Jim Ellington. “We have had so many people give so many hours to this project. Wherever there was a need, God provided. We’ve had physical workers, financial donors, people with specific skills that were needed at times. God has been so good in providing for us”.
When asked her thoughts on the project, Gathering Grounds Manager Samantha Brunson pointed out that providing a place for people to gather, as the name implies, was one part of the vision. However, she said it is the mission statement of the coffee shop that makes its purpose so unique.
We desire to serve: serve great coffee, serve our community, and serve God. As an outreach of the Indian Lake Community Church and the Lighthouse at Indian Lake, the proceeds from the operation of our coffee shop will be reinvested into our outreach efforts into the Indian Lake community to help those in need and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world in need.
Hours of Operation will be Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Sundays. The first day of business will be Monday November 13 with a Grand Opening event scheduled for Saturday November 11 at 9a.m. For more information on Gathering Grounds you can visit its Facebook page or the website www.gatheringgroundsilcc.com.
Submitted by the Gathering Grounds Coffee Shop.