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Franklin Furnace church breaks ground on new home

FRANKLIN FURNACE -

It's the best kind of problem a church can have: Lots of people coming in the front doors and not enough pews to seat them.

Plymouth Heights Church of the Nazarene has been going through a growth spurt. To accommodate the larger crowd, church members broke ground April 17 on a new, 9,400 square-feet sanctuary that will be built adjacent to the present day structure on Braunlin Road.

"We have a building that seats 150 and we've been at 130 regularly for five years," Pastor Tim Throckmorton said. "For special events we usually have well over 200 people. … It seems like we have new people every week."

The new sanctuary will be state-of-the-art, Throckmorton said. It will have up-to-date visual aids, such as a large projector screen and special accommodations for the hearing impaired. The new sanctuary should be ready for dedication this fall.

The new home will enable the church to continue and even enhance its myriad of community outreach programs.

Throckmorton said he hope even more people to visit Plymouth Heights in the months and years to come and make it their home.

"We want people to know we have a relevant church for a world that is hurting, a place where people can come and find help and healing. This is a community of believers who not only will love you but give you support. This is a church where you can hear the Word of God," Throckmorton said. "It's a great place for families."

Those who want more information about the church or who want to

obtain updates about the building project may log onto the church's Web site at

www. plymouthheightsnaz.org.