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First Christian Church is growing in numbers and expanding real estate

By: Paula Walter
Assistant Editor

First Christian Church of Mountain City has seen a large increase in its number of members and those attending their services this past year. With this in mind, the church will be expanding their facilities to accommodate their continuing growth. Typically there are between 230 to 240 people who attend First Christian Church on a weekly basis.
Beginning Sunday, October 4th, the church will begin offering three services to accommodate the growing number of worshipers. The 8:30 and the new 9:45 worship times will be contemporary services, while the traditional worship will begin at 11:00. Sunday school will be held from 9:45-10:30. In the past year, there have been 19 baptisms and of that number, 18 were adults. “We feel this is a place they can come feel love and not be judged,” said Pastor Dwayne Dickson.
As First Christian Church saw the need to expand, the elders of First Christian Church recently made an announcement that they will purchase property adjacent to the church on Main Street. Plans are in place to tear down the house on the property and build a new 5,000 square foot multi-purpose facility that can be used for church and community events and activities. “We want to improve Main Street,” said Dickson. “We want to make use of every inch of the property to improve the downtown area.” According to Dickson, the church would like the new facility to enrich the community.
On September 12, First Christian Church will be holding their 2015 women’s conference from 9:30am to 3:00 pm. Joani Tabor will be the guest speaker and the theme for the event is “Nothing’s Going To Steal My Joy.” The church has been active in bringing speakers to the area, including Don Piper, the author of the book “90 Minutes in Heaven,” about a preacher who was killed in a car accident and came back to life after an hour and a half, claiming to have seen heaven.
Tabor, born in Bluefield, Virginia, lost her father, a choir director, when she was 11 years. She has become not only a gifted singer but a motivational speaker as well. Additionally, she holds a master of theology degree and is the wife of a preacher. She has been awarded female vocalist of the year and has been recognized as having a Gold Cross award-winning musical career.

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