The Union Recorder

May 10, 2013

Community aids Church Central get back into the spirit

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE —

After seven weeks of repairing and remodeling with the help of area volunteers, the Church Central congregation is finally moving back to their home church for worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday after heavy rains and strong winds damaged the interior and roof of the building in late March.

"We put new flooring in, took out the carpet on stage and replaced it with hardwood, got a brand new roof, took the ceiling out and sprayed the beams, moved insulation around to be more energy efficient, and purchased 200 chairs and new equipment," Pastor Jeff Simmons said. "We added a break room with a mini kitchen and moved rooms around. My office is now a living room."

Among community volunteers and businesses that provided time, funds or services included Milledgeville Cares, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Pathfinders Christian Church, Merritt Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restoration, Flooring America, Steve’s Floor Covering, Lowe’s, One Source Remodeling, Jackson & Sons Construction and Robert’s Roofing & Construction.

"We’ve been able to do so much more with our insurance money because we haven’t had to hire many contractors when about five to six volunteers were here everyday to help; we’ve been able to stretch the money out," Simmons said. "Now we can have piece of mind; it feels like we’re moving into a new building."

Church Central is located at 620 S. Wilkinson St. To donate time or funds, visit www.churchcentralonline.org, or like the Church Central Facebook page.

"What seemed like a disaster is turning out to be a blessing," added Pastor Corey Cox.

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