Pulaski Church of God sanctuary has 539 theater-type seats which are graduated so everyone has a clear view of the pulpit. The 20,600 square foot building includes the sanctuary, office spaces and secure children’s area. (Danielle Reid/PC Patriot)
The Prophet proclaimed in Habakkuk 2:2: “Write the vision. Make it clear on tablets
so that anyone can read it quickly.” (God’s Word Translation)
Anyone entering the lobby of the Pulaski Church of God’s new sanctuary will be able to plainly read the church’s vision. Although it isn’t written on tablets, it is projected by a gobo light on the wall above the sanctuary entrance and proclaims their mission statement: “Loving like God, Serving like Jesus, Impacting with the Holy Spirit.”
“Our focus is on our mission statement and serving our community,” explains Pastor Don Jones. “We are here to love and serve our community. God has a great work to do here and anyone is welcome to worship and serve with us.”
After a fire destroyed the former sanctuary two years ago, the church met at the Pentecostal Holiness Campground facility in Dublin for several months; then transitioned to the former dining room/fellowship hall area of their Community Life Center. Sunday, December 22nd will be the first service in the 20,600 square foot building adjacent to the Life Center.
The sanctuary has 539 upscale theater-type seats, graduated so everyone can see the pulpit, an impressive sound system and a media booth that can project and record events for distribution to Facebook and the church’s webpage.
Jones believes the fire has brought unity and solidarity to the church.
“Morale is high, and I don’t recall losing any people because of the inconvenience of worshipping in the former dining room/fellowship hall. There is great unity and a renewed focus on our mission.”
Their mission, which has become more outward focused to serve the community, has expanded to include Town Paint Days where twice a year they do special projects for schools, nursing homes and individuals. They also serve the community with providing after-school tutoring, support groups, health mobile and the recently established Women of Worth Fitness Circuit (exercise equipment), which can be accessed Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday … all for $1.00 per day.
“This is a significant Sunday and important to our church membership. First, it is the Sunday before Christmas when we celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Second, 2019 is the 100th year anniversary of this Church of God congregation. The original church was on East Main Street in Pulaski,” stated Jones.
Each month, Pulaski Church of God honors civil servants in Pulaski County. This Sunday, the church is honoring four of the New River Valley fire departments that responded to the call on January 10, 2017 when the church caught on fire. Over 110 firefighers were on the scene at various times pouring 1.6 million gallons of water over the church.
Pulaski Fire Chief Robbie Kiser was on site for over 20 hours, according to Jones.
“We want to acknowledge their work and dedication that night of the fire and have selected four of the NRV fire departments to bless. They include Pulaski, Dublin, Draper and Newbern. Fire departments from Christiansburg, Fairlawn, Max Meadows, Radford and Snowville also were on the scene that night,” states Jones.
Although there are a few more projects to tackle before the $5.5 million facility is finished, Jones says he is fairly confident that they will be complete within the next 30 days. In the meantime, the church will stay focused and unified on their mission – to love and serve their community and worship God.
Sunday Life Group begins at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
For information about the Pulaski Church of God, please visit their webpage at: https://www.pulaskicog.church/
Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pulaskicog/ or call the church office at: 540.980.8880.
By DANIELLE REID, The Patriot