Bangor Church Celebrates Christmas and Year of Transition in New Building 

A church in Bangor that’s been through a year of transition is celebrating the Christmas season in a new building.The Rock Church on Ohio Street started construction on the addition in September, with the goal of holding Christmas Eve services there.At the beginning of the year, the church planned to expand its second campus in Brewer to make room for the growing congregation.But the city rejected it because of zoning issues.That prompted an investigation by the Department of Justice.The landlord for the Brewer building also sued the city, which a federal judge dismissed.The church left Brewer and Expanded in bangor, instead.Pastor Kirk Winters says it’s been a bitter sweet year – and this is the sweet part.”I would say this is the second greatest Christmas gift of all. The first being the Savior coming to Earth. The second, for us, is that we get to be together in our larger building and just in time for Christmas, so we’re very excited and thankful for that.”Winters says since the new building was finished, about 600 people have been attending Sunday services.The original church is now being used for children’s ministries.