The Long Branch Community Church has long wanted and needed a bigger building to house its growing congregation. After years of planning and construction, pastor Mark Miller and his fellow church members will experience a new beginning Sunday as they hold services for the first time in their new home which will also have a new name the Long Branch New Beginnings.
"We have just completed our new building and Sunday, November 4th will be our first service," said Miller. " Its been a long time coming," he added.
The former location of the church, about a mile below Center Hill Dam at Lancaster served as a place of worship for decades. "We just out grew it", said Miller. "During the past few years we have seen a tremendous growth in our attendance. So in 2009, the church decided to build a new facility with construction beginning in the early part of 2010. We are a non denominational church and are excited about what the future holds for our church," he said.
The new sanctuary is located in DeKalb County on State Highway 264 between the Temperance Hall community and the Smith County line. "The church is 100' x 115'," said Miller. "Its handicapped accessible. Our Sunday School facility is so much greater than it was. Our fellowship hall is now right in with the church. The auditorium is in the center of the building. Our lighting, video, and audio is so much different than what we've ever known. We appreciate all the prayers and the support and work that people have put into this. We're excited about getting in it," he said.
Miller and the congregation invite everyone to come join them in their first worship service at the new church sanctuary on Sunday. "We invite one and all to come out and join us on Sunday, November 4. Our service this Sunday will start at 10:30 a.m. We will not have Sunday School this Sunday. Our normal services will start at 9:45 a.m. for Sunday School and 10:30 a.m. for worship and at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night," he added.