Rising from the ashes — Cherokee churchreopens after fire
by Dylan Galbraith
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January 26, 2013 12:00 AM | 1784 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
River Church Pastor Scott Beasley and his wife Lisa look forward to holding services in their new location on Sixes Road after moving from the Vince Merolla Executive Suites that burned to the ground last year. <br>



Staff/Todd Hull
River Church Pastor Scott Beasley and his wife Lisa look forward to holding services in their new location on Sixes Road after moving from the Vince Merolla Executive Suites that burned to the ground last year.
Staff/Todd Hull
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CANTON — A grand opening celebration for a local church whose former location was destroyed by fire will be held this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

After being displaced by a fire last March, River Church is reopening in the building where the former Sixes Presbyterian was previously located.

When the building on Sixes Road burned down in the blaze, the Sixes Presbyterian congregation generously offered their gymnasium as a meeting place for the homeless congregation.

Sixes Presbyterian had told River Church that it would be closing its doors.

The River Church congregation took the opportunity to raise enough funds to make a down payment on the property in November, making the gymnasium their permanent home.

Lead Pastor Scott Beasley sees the dramatic changes from the past year as bringing his congregation a new beginning with good things in store for the future.

“We don’t believe God started that fire, we believe God had a plan despite it,” Beasley said. “No matter how dark the path might look, always remember God has a plan. If we will trust Him, God will bring something good out of our difficulties and struggles.”

The church has been able to slowly restore the many lost items, he said.

The River Church is the second church opening for Beasley and his wife, Lisa. They have been married for 25 years and have four sons: Brett, Baxter, Jackson and Carson.

The pastor and his wife graduated from the University of Georgia and received master’s degrees from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis. They have worked in ministry full time since 1989.

The River Church congregation has been an integral part of Canton for six years.

The reopening of their church has inspired them with the hope of continuing to make a difference in the community.

“We are hoping that with this building being right here on Sixes Road that it would be a lighthouse to the community and that people would be drawn to come here,” Lisa Beasley said.

Scott Beasley’s optimistic attitude matches the contemporary style of music that plays while Bible teachings are held. While the music is not always upbeat, the music can be cheerful and inspiring.

The pastor and his wife painted the walls black to help create a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

The pastor feels this will help the members of his congregation to focus on the ceremony and feel more relaxed as they go through their individual experiences to find God in their lives.

“Our vision for this church is to be a blessing to this community and to take the message of the Gospel to it and around the world,” he said.

Worship services are regularly conducted on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.

At the gatherings, potential members can either turn in a Connect Card or respond during the pastor’s invitation to join. Members are asked to support the church financially, in addition to their attendance at the gatherings.

The grand opening celebration will include a luncheon, and guests are invited to bring dishes. The festivities will last until 1 p.m.

For more information, call the church at (770) 485-1975 or email Hello@riveratlanta.org for newcomers or at Info@riveratlanta.org.

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KJV Literalist
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January 26, 2013
I'm sorry you guys had a fire, but if God wasn't responsible, then who was?
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