Update as of October 9, 2021


Our Bishop has blessed the purchase of the church and property at 332 Barkley Road, Hattiesburg, and we are closing on October 31st! In our announcements of August 28th, we mentioned that Rusty (Joseph) Tisdale, our Acting Treasurer while the Alfords are in Africa, created a GiveSendGo account to help with fundraising of the purchase. Initially our goal was $2,000. We quickly exceeded that amount and increased it to $3,000 and have surpassed that amount as well! We will now raise our goal to $10,000. Thank you all for your prayers and support in this exciting endeavor leading to the growth of our Mission!

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Update as of September 11, 2021

Dear faithful of Holy Cross,

The Lord bless you!

Some great news about our possible purchase of the church and property on Barkley Rd. in Hattiesburg. (Click here for a Google Maps view of the property.) The appraisal is done. It appraised for a little over $62,000. The bank has also approved us for an 85/15 loan, meaning they will provide 85% of the sale price. This means we will need to provide $9,000. Our acting treasurer Rusty started an online fundraiser which has raised $2,700 (https://www.givesendgo.com/holycross). Overall, we are in an immensely positive position, thank God. The next step is the inspection, scheduled for Sept. 20th. This will give us the full scope idea of the building. After this, we can make our fuller decision together.

If you have any questions concerning the potential purchase, please email or call me (arizonitisa@gmail.com; 601.310.2256). I'm happy to talk with you!

In Christ,

Fr. Alexis

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August 28, 2021

Dear faithful of Holy Cross,

Joyous news! Through God's Grace, we've been presented with an opportunity to purchase and become the owners of a 2,000 square foot church in South Hattiesburg, just off Hwy 49. The interior and exterior needs work but we're ready! Click here for Google photos and map. It's about 12 minutes from our current space in the storefront. The Mission Council and I have worked together with Fr. Jason Foster, our Dean, to discern this opportunity and make a decision. After several weeks of negotiations, we signed the contract on the building on Thursday, August 26th.

The church was built in 1962 and sits on 1.4 acres. It already has a parking lot. There is a kitchen, two bathrooms, and two rooms that can be used for fellowship/classes. We are seeking financing from the bank, a necessary component of the possible purchase. Our bank has agreed to give us a 85/15 loan to cover most of the purchase. We would be responsible for covering about $9,000. Our mortgage payment each month would be $500 or less. Our acting treasurer Rusty started a fundraising site and in 24 hours, we already raised $1,000 (https://www.givesendgo.com/holycross). The bank has ordered the title search and is scheduling the appraisal. The inspection is set for September 20th.

If for any reason we find a problem with the appraisal and/or inspection, we are (as per the contract) able to walk away and back out. Additionally, our purchase is subject to approval by His Eminence Archbishop Alexander. All along this process, we have been in constant contact with Fr. Jason. He's been guiding us and helping us discern this opportunity. He has given his blessing for us to push forward and supports us taking this opportunity.

If you have any questions concerning the potential purchase, please email or call me (arizonitisa@gmail.com; 601.310.2256). I'm happy to talk with you!

In Christ,
Fr. Alexis