SULLIVAN — With its congregation expanding, The Rock Church of Winter Harbor is moving to a storefront in Sullivan in September.
Pastor Bruce Cummings said the church signed a five-year lease for 3,000 square feet of what was once a boat display room for Sullivan Plastic Products.
Sullivan Plastic Products is continuing to do business in the rear half of the building.
“The church came to us initially to talk about pricing out a new steel building,” said Sullivan Plastic owner Tom St. Claire. “The way I understand it is they looked at the numbers and decided right now is not a good time to build.
“I am really glad they are moving in to share expenses. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do in this economy.”
Sullivan Plastic fabricates custom products for businesses — primarily lobster fishermen and the aquaculture industry — as well as for boats and recreational vehicles.
The company also imports fiberglass launches from China. A companion business, Coastal Crane and Construction, sells steel buildings.
Most people know the building by the dolphin sculpture on the front lawn that was provided by Steve Thoner of The Granite Shop in Sedgwick.
Cummings said the church bought three acres on Route 1 in Gouldsboro across from Ring’s Paving and hopes to build a new church in five years.
He said the new space is attractive because it is halfway between Ellsworth and the Schoodic Peninsula, which makes it convenient for area congregants.
Cummings said the church will have a nursery, a room for 3-5-year-olds and a junior class for 6-to-12-year-olds along with office space overhead.
The nondenominational Rock Church of Winter Harbor began as a Bible study group in the fall of 2007.
There also are Rock congregations in Portland and Bangor.
Cummings moved to Eastport in 1972, served in the military and then returned to Downeast Maine, where he worked full time as a builder.
More information is available at the church’s website: www.rockmaine.org.