Two Palestine churches, which voted last week to merge into one church, will hold an Easter Sunday service this weekend.
Cornerstone Worship Center members and Palestine New Life Church of God members voted April 13 to officially merge to form Cornerstone Worship Center Church of God, led by Cornerstone pastors David and Amanda Malone.
“Easter Sunday at Cornerstone Worship Center will be a day to remember. After almost nine years of being independent, Cornerstone Worship Center has merged with Palestine New Life Church of God on Highway 79. We are doing our best to carefully merge the churches to bring restoration to our city,” the Rev. David Malone said. “You hear of church splits often but not of two churches coming together to reach our community and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. It's all about Jesus. We are excited to merge with such a great group of people!”
Richard Burrows from Palestine New Life and Richard Comstock Sr. from Cornerstone Worship Center conducted the vote to merge the churches.
“We received 100 percent of the votes from both congregations to merge the church, to keep the name Cornerstone Worship Center and to set us — David and Amanda Malone — as the pastors,” the David Rev. Malone said.
The unified church will now have two campuses. Campus 1 will be the main campus where worship services will be held. This campus is located at 104 Cedarvale St. across from Westwood High School off of U.S. 79, in the former site of Palestine New Life Church of God.
“This campus includes a worship auditorium, a youth building and a children's building,” the Rev. Amanda Malone said.
Campus 2 is located at the old Cornerstone Worship Center site at 1100 Salt Works Road behind Turbyfill Machine Shop.
“This will become our outreach and ministry center,” the Rev. Amanda Malone said. “Our plans are to feed the hungry one Saturday a month and start a drug counseling program. We already have a certified drug counselor who will be volunteering their time.”