Guthrie Christian Church would like to invite the public to attend the grand opening of their new location happening this Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, doors will be open from 2-5 p.m. for what Associate Pastor Health Shelton described as an open house type event for people to tour the new facilities. Sunday will include Sunday school beginning at 9 a.m. and morning service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. and services will be followed by a cookout.
“We’ll have cookies and punch and finger food [on Saturday] and that’s from 2-5 p.m. And then of course everybody will be invited back for Sunday morning for service then after church, we’re going to do a hamburger cookout and do lunch for whoever shows up,” Shelton said.
Shelton said the two day grand opening is broken into two days to give those who are from a different or out of town church the opportunity to come and see what’s going on.
“We did it on Saturday at 2 p.m. because we had a lot of big churches, there’s one from Amarillo, TX and one in Joplin, MS that donated money when the building burned and on Sunday they’ll be at their own churches. This way they can come down and see the church and what we did with their money and still get back home for church at their place on Sunday.”
Guthrie Christian Church had to relocate after lightning struck the building and burned it down to the ground on Aug. 15, 2018. The congregation persevered and services were held at the Drexel Event Center from August 2018 until the first service at their new location on Nov. 24, 2019.
“The Drexel worked and John Pagonis was great to us but it wasn’t home,” Shelton said. “We didn’t have Sunday school classes for all the kids.”
Shelton emphasized that this was all part of God’s plan because before the fire, relocation had been up for discussion and when it came time to make a decision to rebuild or relocate,
everything fell into place.
“I mean, it was all God. The building coming up, that we could buy it, the rebuild. Everything was in place by the Lord and we don’t feel like we did anything cause we were about to sign papers with the contractor to rebuild when a week before our leadership guy came to us and was like, ‘well they’re willing to sell us this building,’ and for a long time, even over there, we always thought about whether or not we should move. We were in the middle of a neighborhood and unless you were in that neighborhood,
you really didn’t know where we were. So we thought for a long time before the building burned if we should relocate and we just think it was all part of God’s plan.”
Guthrie Christian Church has more than a new location, they also have a new minister. Chad Pickens, 33, of Stillwater, has been with the church since July after Don Riepe retired. Pickens and his family moved up here from Dallas where he was a ministry leader and has already made strides in terms of community involvement.
““I mean, we’ve always been involved in the community but our new pastor Chad wants to increase that presence,” Shelton said. “For example, the Saturday before Christmas, there were seven teams of us that split up and went to different places. Chad, his wife and some kids went to the laundromat; I took a team to Golden Chick; a crew went to Walmart; a crew went to Walgreens and we just kind of roamed and when the Holy Spirit led, we paid for people’s stuff. Activities like that are what Chad and the congregation wants to do more of.”
Guthrie Christian Church’s new home is now 4318 S. Division with Wednesday services starting at 6 p.m. and Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Both Wednesday and Sunday offer classes for all ages from nursery to adult. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.