2008-12-12 / Lifestyles

New Covenant dedicates Common Grounds

PHOTO BY DAVID LOWE Tim Nowell, left, Craig Laine and Julie Laine chat during the dedication of Common Grounds, a community coffee shop open daily at 1502 Central Texas Expressway. New Covenant Church members and guests gathered Saturday morning at the former McGregor house at 1502 Central Texas Expressway to dedicate Common Grounds, a community coffee shop designed to generate conversations and camaraderie.

Staffed by volunteers and funded by donations, Common Grounds is open to men from 5-10 a.m. daily.

New Covenant elder Barry Combs developed the idea for a coffee shop about three years ago, when he sensed the need for "neutral ground" outside of a church building for people to gather for conversation and to make friends.

"We want this to be a common place where everybody feels safe, and can meet people and have a conversation," New Covenant pastor Darrell Feemster said at the dedication ceremony.

Common Grounds is open to the public.

"It's about loving people as you love yourself," Feemster said of the new facility. "It's not about New Covenant. It's about Lampasas."

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