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01/30/05

Ocean Springs Church Has More Problems Getting A Permanent Residence

Waiting is exactly what fellowship church members are used to doing.

For seven years, they've been floating around Ocean Springs setting up their temporary church service every Sunday morning and tearing it back down by noon.

Members have been patient, waiting for the day they can worship without the worries.

"I think it makes it difficult on a church. It's challenging and inconvenient. We'd like to have our own home to go to," said church member Bob Blaze.

"I think it'll be an opportunity to grow the church, because people want stability," said church member Shannon Lavinghouse.

"We believe even more great things could happen should we have our own facilities," said church Pastor Brad Robertson.

The city's recent decision should have gotten the church into their permanent building quickly.

But now church members say they've hit another snag, getting a loan to pay for the building.

"We've gone to several banks. We've been turned down by two," said Robertson.

Although it's another hurdle for the church to pass, members say they trust that God will take care of them.

"We trust that God's going to put us where he wants us to be," Lavinghouse says.

In the mean time, Sundays will continue to be both a day of rest and a day of work for church members.

By Jaimee Goad

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