From Press Reports
The office of the Assemblies of God in Byram has announced a new church plant in Eupora.
The Assemblies of God is the largest Pentecostal denomination with some 65 million members in the world with the national headquarters located in Springfield, Mo. The Assemblies of God, according to a release, believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God and believes only one true God is revealed in three persons (commonly known as the Trinity).
Affiliation with the denomination has been filed and is pending at this time.
The first worship service for the First Assembly of Eupora will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Eupora Depot located downtown at 102 S. Dunn St. Refreshments will be served following the first worship service for a time of “meet and greet.” Regular services will be weekly on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. until a permanent church building is established.
The Rev. Jesse Ray from Starkville will be the interim pastor helping the new church until it selects a new pastor. Ray has helped plant many Assemblies in the state with successful outcomes. “We are pleased to have him with us,” church organizers stated.
Chris and Karen Ray of Eupora are the worship leaders and various instrumentalists will be participating.
The First Assembly of God of Eupora has a threefold purpose: to exalt God, to edify the church and to evangelize the world.
“We promote freedom of worship and welcome all races and denominations. It is our church’s desire to reach out into the community and provide love, encouragement, hope and healing to all who need it,” church representatives said.
In addition to weekly worship services, an in-home Bible study course, “Evangelism Explosion,” will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 taught by the Rev. George “Bubba” Bland of Mathiston. “Evangelism Explosion” is a 16-week course designed to better equip Christians and the church for outreach and ministry to those in the community. The course will be offered in various homes in the area.
The style of worship music will be centered on the newest contemporary praise and worship and choral material with a blend of hymns and various styles. Church organizers said they are seeking dependable, gifted Christian instrumentalists for praise band and vocalists that are willing to serve God with their talents.
For more information about the church or the ministries call 258-7244.