By Pam Robinson
For the past two years, the vacant church at 11250 Church Street in Cynthiana has provided a shelter for raccoons. In just the past six months, the ministry team of Pastor J.D. Mullins and his wife, Ronna, and their 20-member congregation have transformed the dilapidated building into the permanent worship center for their Turning Point Apostolic Church, formed in January, 2010. They can welcome the un-churched now to join with them and lift holy hands to God in praise and thanksgiving for the blessing of a church home. The remarkable renovation placed church members only $3,000 in debt.
Remodeling required much more than cleaning up the sanctuary. The entire building required new electrical wiring. In addition, the old insulation and walls were replaced with new insulation and sheetrock.
Pastor J.D. Mullins says the next project will replace the seven windows in the sanctuary. After that, the congregation wants to improve the restrooms.
“We purchased the church in July, 2012, and began remodeling the beginning of August,” Mullins recalls. “We do what we can afford and remodel as we go. So far, we’ve completed job by job as the money came in, so we are only $3,000 in debt. We want to continue to use our money for community outreach instead.”
Turning Point Apostolic Church has set an ambitious agenda for outreach. Members want to see group spin-offs from their two Sunday school classes. They want these groups to help people with, for example, grief or divorce recovery.
“A lot of times, people look at church as a place to go on Sunday mornings, but we’re trying to minister to family units,” Mullins says. “Whatever they need, I believe the church has the answer and can be the help in recovery.”
Beyond grief and divorce counseling, Mullins has worked for the past 25 years in addiction recovery. Early on, he helped addiction recovery efforts in Vanderburgh County, but now helps in Gibson County with the Alcohol and Chemical Treatment Series, known as ACTS. Faith-based, the series highlights, nonetheless, scientific findings regarding the impact of alcohol and chemical addiction on the brain and body. He hopes to become involved in addiction recovery efforts in Posey County as well.
Outreach also includes bringing people together for Bible study beyond Sunday school. To that end, Turning Point has secured the license to go along with the History Channel’s 10-week movie series on the Bible. Soon, an invitation will go out into the community for people to attend movie-viewing parties.
On Saturday, June 15, the Turning Point will host another party—a community-wide block party for families. Mullins said youth and adults will enjoy a whole trailer load of fun with games and prizes. The brave can participate in the challenging Faith Factor, based on TV’s popular “Fear Factor.” Bands will entertain with music geared to adults as well as youth.
Mullins says the Turning Point plans to do a card ministry to jail inmates and to help needy families with such events as the Mother’s Day 2012 free oil change for single moms, an event honoring his own single mom.
“We want to be a blessing to Cynthiana, Posey County, and the surrounding 25-mile radius,” Mullins comments. “We want to reach un-churched families. We are not trying to unseat anyone from a pew. We hope to work in harmony with other churches in the area.”
Turning Point Apostolic Church’s worship schedule includes Sunday school from 10:30 to 11 a.m., immediately preceding the Sunday sermon. An additional Bible study service is held on Wednesdays, beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information about Turning Point, readers may visit the website, www.yourchosen.com, where people are also invited to ‘like’ the church on Facebook and ‘follow’ it on twitter.
By Pam Robinson
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