Pictured here breaking ground for the Donalsonville Church of God’s family life center are, from left, Bill Moody, Mike Adams, Pastor Phillip Kirkland, Wilton Albritton, Darius Moss, Windell Cross, and Joey Helms.
George Washington Carver once said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” In a world of COVID-19, societal unrest, and other global issues, people can easily lose hope and perish if they do not have proper support and lose sight of the vision.
On Sunday, August 23, following the morning worship service, The Donalsonville Church of God held a ground breaking ceremony to further a longtime vision of the church. Pastor Phillip Kirkland, along with the pastor’s council, led a ceremony to officially begin the building of a beautiful family life center, which will include classrooms for Sunday and Wednesday services, guest room accommodations for church visitors, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a gym/fellowship hall.
The vision began in the 1940s when Reverend Alphia Chandler held church meetings in her home, then later moved to a brush arbor before erecting the first church building on the current property in 1947. In the early 1960s, during Reverend Hubert Moss’ 31-year tenure, the first Sunday school rooms and bathrooms were built on to the church. In the late 1960s, Reverend Moss led a building project to update the sanctuary and add church offices and the first fellowship hall. In 2001, under the leadership of Reverend Stan Long, a major renovation was completed which included a new sanctuary, adding classrooms and offices, and enlarging the fellowship hall.
In 2017, Reverend Phillip Kirkland led a two-phase building/renovation project. Phase one included updating the current building with new floor covering and painting the interior walls. Phase two is the building of the Family Life Center. In Proverbs it states that without a vision the people perish.
The Donalsonville Church of God wants Seminole County and the surrounding area to know it is a church of hope and vision. In-person church services are held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Sunday’s service is also streamed live on Facebook.
Pastor Kirkland commented, “Everyone is welcome to join us in worship and fellowship each week as we continue to perpetuate the vision, birthed nearly eighty years ago, of growing our church and constructing our family life center.”