Messiah's Mansion, a full-scale model of the biblical, Old-Testament Sanctuary, has arrived in the Chattahoochee Valley and is open Aug. 6-14. It's located in Phenix City on Hwy 280, north of the Home Depot and next to Big Mama's Fireworks. Tours are free and conducted daily from 1-7pm but tickets are required. Fore more information go to pcalasanctuary.com or call (706)-530-0111.
Needlework enthusiasts gathered on February 27, 2016 to work on stitching canvases for God’s glory. All are welcomed to join this two-year long project to be a part of this creative journey to show the work of God.
The FOCUS Thrift Store in Hamilton, Georgia, redefines the thrift shop by creating a warm environment where customers feel welcomed. Workers and regular customers have formed friendships spanning generations and consider the people at the store a part of their families.
The Rev. Joel Alvis calls himself a “temporary shepherd,” and currently his flock is at First Presbyterian Church in Columbus. Since 2004, he has made a career serving as an interim pastor at Presbyterian churches, guiding congregations between installed pastors.
The Rev. Rudy Allen Sr. was in the church sanctuary getting ready for a Sunday morning service when he turned and saw his young grandson sitting in a chair behind the pulpit. Smiling, he told the boy, "You can't sit there. Nobody but the preacher sits there." Rudy Allen III responded, "I am a preacher." Many of his family members have followed in the footsteps of Allen Sr. as a preacher, but he never expected Allen III to do the same. Allen III was born with Down syndrome. "My wife calls him a miracle child," Allen Sr. said. "He is an inspiration to this family." Allen III is not a pastor, but leads prayers, preaches and conducts a Bible study at Turning Point Christian Ministries in Columbus, where his father, Rudy Allen Jr., is pastor.
Each week, the House of Mercy fills their parking lot with clothing, furniture, household items and some food so those in need can get needed items. Johanne Harris, the executive director, said this is in addition to those who live at the House of Mercy and are provided food, clothing and shelter.
The chain’s CEO said the plan is to liquidate all U.S. stores, and likely those in Australia, France, Poland, Portugal and Spain. Stores in Canada, central Europe and Japan would remain open for potential buyers for those assets.