Renovations Reveal Firm Foundation, Unity Behind Framework

 In All Church of God, CHOG, Southeast

By Mykaela Alvey

Lenoir City First Church of God in Tennessee recently completed renovations on their church building. Though the restorations were significant, according to Pastor Jerrmi Booth, the real story is the unity this project created for their church body.

Last Christmas, the temperature unexpectedly dropped below freezing for several days when no one was in the church. Upon coming back to the church, twenty-one inches of water were discovered in the fellowship hall.

“The water had gotten down into the concrete subfloor,” said Pastor Jerrmi. This culminated in a weak foundation. Thus, many of the renovations this year came from necessity. Though there were many structural updates needed to fix the damage, the church decided to take the opportunity to update the building. These updates included expanding the church stage, repainting, laying new carpet, adding a coffee bar, creating a new camera system, and much more. “It was just time that we updated the church and gave it a new look to kind of show the community that we still care about the church and care about what it looks like.”

Lenoir City First Church of God family on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Renovations began in late July and were completed on September 15. The church saw incredible commitment from their church members. “We’re very blessed in our church to have a young contractor, and he does exceptional work,” said Pastor Jerrmi. “Shane came over every night after work.”

Alongside Shane was the church’s director of maintenance, Will, and countless volunteers from the church body. The abundance of volunteer work from church members brought the total cost from $180,000 down to $92,000. The church was also able to do all of this while remaining debt-free!

As stated previously, the story goes far beyond the repairs and updates. This is about unity. The body of Christ united under one goal. “…the unity within the church has just absolutely grown exponentially,” said Pastor Jerrmi. “There is a new excitement in the church.”

Pastor Jerrmi feels deeply encouraged by how God has shown up in this season and how the church is continuing to grow together towards Christ. As they look toward the next year of ministry as a church body, they are reminded that God is good and “…the best is yet to come.”

Anderson University alumna Mykaela Alvey is a funding US missionary based in Greenwood, Indiana. A freelance writer for three years, she loves crafting stories of hope and healing.

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Feature (top) photo: Local chamber of commerce present to celebrate with Pastor Jerrmi Booth (center) and the congregation.

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