The Community Church or “the big church on 7,” as local residents commonly refer to it is a visible landmark in Loudoun. Now, it’s not common to think of a church in terms of its economic benefit but when it is one of the county’s top employers it just makes sense to at least consider it. So, whether you’re religious or not, let’s go there for just a moment. Here’s the question. What if Community Church picked up over night and crossed the river for Maryland? One day there’s the $25 million church campus, a monument in Loudoun, abuzz with activity and the next day it’s lights out; not a sound; not even a mouse. It’s gone. What does that scenario mean for Loudoun?
- A 129 residents are out of work.
- VA Academy, one of the county’s leading schools is gone. Loudoun will have to absorb another 834 children into its already taxed schools. Overnight the Loudoun County Public School system loses over $10 million to its budget. Ouch!
- No more Messiah’s Market, the church’s food assistance program that works in cooperation with Interfaith Relief. It consistently gives food assistance to over 400 families per month. Bye-bye. Continue Reading…