Church adds weekly service


March 30, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Harvest Baptist Church continues to burst at the seams.
With its weekly services numbering as many as 180, and a sanctuary that seats only 100, organizers have decided to add a second weekly service.
The two services will be identical, at 9 and 10:45 a.m., senior pastor Tony Godfrey said.
A large membership “is a good problem to have,” Godfrey said. “But it’s still a problem.”
Membership has grown steadily after Harvest Baptist moved to the old Grace Lutheran Church building at 401 S. Walnut St. in 2009.
To alleviate crowding, overflow parishioners are taken to a separate room to watch a video feed of the service. Children, meanwhile, meet in a building next door.
“But those are all getting full, too,” Godfrey said.
Church leaders continue to seek a new location to call home. In 2016, they tried unsuccessfully to swap facilities with the Iola American Legion, but that deal was rejected by the Iola Board of Zoning Appeals.

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