GENESEO -They may be small in number, but they're mighty in their faith.
The Church of Christ's congregation recently completed a major remodeling project at the church and want to share its "new look" with area residents.
The church will show off its remodeling work from 4 to 7 p.m. event today, coinciding with its 40th anniversary.
Activities for all ages will be held "rain or shine'' at the church, at 13681 North 2150th Ave., Geneseo.
For information, call the church at (309) 944-3006, or church pastor, the Rev. Ollie Adams at (309) 944-2097.
A bounce house and a variety of games will be featured, as well as homemade chicken noodle soup, chili, desserts and beverages will be served for free.
The church's 40 members worked with Adams to update almost the entire building.
Most of the work was done by volunteers, except for having new carpet professionally installed.
''We have new paint from top to bottom," Adams said. "We put in new carpet and we refinished and reupholstered our pews in the auditorium."
Classrooms, nursery and office space also have a new look with new paint, new carpeting and new furniture.
Work began in February and was completed in late September, Adams said.
"The church was in disrepair, and it is my hope to energize our membership by renovating the church building and by doing this to re-energize the church spiritually," he said.
Adams doesn't think the church had been remodeled or updated in its 40-year history. Only minor repairs were made, he said.
''It was time,'' he said.
Best of all, church members paid renovation costs and incurred no lasting debt from their "new look,'' he said.
Church of Christ became a part of Geneseo's faith and worship community in June 1968, when a small number of people began conducting services in the American Legion hall. Before that, some Geneseo families drove to Moline to worship at its Church of Christ.
The Legion hall was used until 1971, when the present church was built on the northwest corner of Geneseo, on an extension of West Elk Street. The colonial style church stands on a four-acre lot. A parsonage was built adjacent to the church building in 1973.
Adams has served as its for the last four years.
Worship services are at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays with Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. Bible study for all ages is at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Adams also offers off-site Bible studies in homes for anyone in the community, he said.
"I also will email my sermons to anyone in the community who wants to receive them,'' he said."Our message at Church of Christ is a simplistic message that stresses a relationship with God and not merely tradition."
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