September 11, 2011 was an anniversary most people associate with tragedy. It was the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But September 11, 2011 was also another kind of anniversary. It was the first anniversary Sunday for New Branch Community Church, a small church in Windsor, VA.
I was in attendance because my wife, Cheri, and I were visiting our families and friends in the Tidewater region that weekend. New Branch Community Church is the church that Cheri’s parents attend. Cheri’s father, Frenchie, is the worship leader and her mother, Tippie, sings in the choir.
New Branch Community Church was planted in Windsor, VA in association with the well-established Western Branch Community Church in Chesapeake, VA. The new church is geared to those living in the Southwestern Tidewater region.
In the short year its been around, the church building has gone from looking like the shell of an unfinished warehouse (complete with port-a-potties and propane space heaters) to a fully developed and functional church (with working bathrooms and a nursery).
Since Cheri and I were there to celebrate the church’s progress, I also pulled out my camera to help capture the moment. I shot this set of photos on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film pushed to ISO 800 using Kodak HC-110 (B) developer. I was very happy with the results.