Dora Church of God set to celebrate 100th anniversary
by Rachel Davis
Mar 16, 2012 | 1804 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dora Church of God is celebrating its 100th year this Sunday with a special service. Photo by: Rachel Davis
Dora Church of God is celebrating its 100th year this Sunday with a special service. Photo by: Rachel Davis
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DORA — Dora Church of God will have a special celebration this weekend as the church looks back on the 100 years since it was first incorporated.

Pastor Randy Beck invites the community to come celebrate on Sunday morning.

Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. and church services start at 10:50 a.m.

“Of course, everyone is welcome, anyone is welcome,” Beck said.

The church is listed as the 12th oldest church in its denomination in the state.

“We’re proud to have this anniversary and have this time to give thanks for all God has given us,” Beck said.

The church’s current location, in the old Dora area near the Alabama Mining Museum, has been the basic location for the last 100 years, although there have been multiple buildings.

“We’ve been probably within 100 yards of there since the church first started,” Beck said.

That will be changing soon, the church’s new location, still on Sharon Blvd., but closer to Highway 78, should be ready by Mother’s Day.

“We were growing and having some major growing pains, which can be a good thing,” Beck, who just celebrated his 14th year at the church, said. “We just needed a new facility and more space.”

The church currently has more than 200 members and boasts a regular weekly attendance between 130 and 150 people.

The new facility will be 9,000 square feet and better able to house the growing congregation.

The church will continue its annual Easter egg hunt, which features more than 4,000 plastic Easter eggs for children to find, and their annual Fall Festival, where, last year, they gave away more than 250 coats to children in the area.

“God has just blessed us, Beck said. “We try to give back to the community and we thank God that he placed us in Dora.”