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Church prepares to move

August 26, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

For the past 12 years, Pastor Dan Jordan and his congregation have been committed to a family-oriented ministry at the Williamsport Assembly of God on Falling Waters Road in Williamsport.

Now that work will continue and, they hope, expand as the 150- to 170-member congregation moves to a larger and more accessible location on York Road in Halfway this weekend.

The building, formerly Christ Fellowship Assembly of God, is across from Western Sizzlin Steakhouse.

"This Sunday, Aug. 31, we will begin the transition at 8:30 a.m. at the old church and then proceed as a congregation to our new building," Jordan said. "Longtime member Carney Harrell, who is in his mid-80s, will lead the symbolic procession."

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With the new location comes a new name. Valley Assembly of God Christian Life Center will host a day filled with activities for the public at the grand opening on Sept. 7.

Jordan said the new location will lend itself to the increased outreach the congregation has long been hoping to do but couldn't because of space limitations and the old church's rural setting.

"We'd like to have tutoring for the Halfway Manor neighborhood children here after school. A day-care center is also being looked at," Jordan said.

Addictions counseling to help people better themselves is another goal. "We want to be the church that is open to those who need our help," Jordan said. "Our goal is to help people become whole people."

Jordan came to the pulpit on Falling Waters Road in 1991 with his wife, Julie. But he was no stranger to the congregation - it was his home church.

Over the years, the church was remodeled several times as the congregation grew but soon it became apparent a new location was needed.

Following the regular Sunday services on Sept. 7, there will be a gathering in the fellowship hall at 5 p.m. for anyone interested in touring and learning more about the church and its mission.

At 7 p.m., tent revival services will get under way, continuing through Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m.

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