A Palestine church will celebrate its new beginnings as it moves from Westwood with a special caravan and police escort to its new central Palestine location Sunday for its Palm Sunday services.
The congregation of Westside Assembly of God will start off its services with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. at its current location at 2703 W. Oak St.
“At 10:30 a.m. after Sunday school, we will get everyone loaded up in vehicles and caravan to our new facility on Spring Street, where we will have our first Palm Sunday service at the new facility,” said Linda Powers, wife of the church pastor, the Rev. David Powers,who has served the church since October 2013. “We would like to invite everyone to join us for our first service and possibly join the caravan on the way to the new church.”
The church will be changing its name to Living Springs Assembly of God for its new location at 1601 W. Spring St.
“We wanted to start anew, start fresh — give ourselves an uplift. We won't be on the west side of town anymore, so there was a mixture of reasons for the name change,” Powers said.
In January, the congregation voted to move to the new facility. The church has owned the old Calvary Temple Assembly of God building for close to 10 years, when the two congregations had merged.
“When the churches merged, we absorbed the debt but managed to get that paid off a couple of months ago and voted to move to that facility,” Powers said. “We've done a lot of painting and have spruced it up. We've been working on that since January getting it ready.”
The church has already hosted a few events in the new location — including a successful Valentine's banquet.
“The women's group has been meeting there too,” Powers said.