A NEW LOOK FOR THE BUSIEST INTERSECTION IN CHATHAM TOWNSHIP
Update Reflects Renewal, Growth & New Challenges
Things are looking a little different at the five-corner intersection of Fairmount Avenue, Southern Boulevard and Buxton Road in Chatham Township. This bustling intersection is shared by two distinguishing landmarks: the Chatham Township Historical Museum (“the Little Red Schoolhouse”) and the Chatham Church of Christ.
For more than 45 years the Chatham Church of Christ at 382 Fairmount Avenue has maintained a sign facing this crossroads, but an updated sign reflects the addition of the Northern New Jersey Church of Christ. This is a Korean-speaking congregation that now shares the building with the English-speaking church. Both congregations operate out of the same facility although at different times for worship and Bible classes.
“Evangelizing in our metropolitan area often means proclaiming the gospel in several languages. Sharing our building helps extend and build up God's spiritual house literally to people of all nationalities,” said Chatham Church of Christ preacher Bob Weber. Wayne Felts, a church elder said, “So far everything has worked well. I'm happy to say that some of the Korean children have integrated into our Sunday School classes learning about the Word of God and the English language at the same time.”
This is not the first time the Chatham Church has overcome a language barrier to share the message of Christ. In 1980 the Chatham congregation helped to establish a Chinese-language church in Flushing, Queens, and over the last twelve years they have often contributed to a Portuguese-speaking congregation in Newark, which has also added a Spanish worship.
The Church of Christ at 382 Fairmount Avenue in Chatham Township accepts the Bible as the Word of God and believes that it was meant to be read by all Christians for their learning and spiritual growth.
Contact Bob Weber at 973-635-6810 or ChathamChurchofChrist@verizon.net. The Korean congregation can be contacted through James Choi at 516-343-4703 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Their web address is nncc.onmam.com.
Left, English minister, Bob Weber; right Korean minister, James Choi