There are many “firsts” that one endures throughout life, but the essential core of who we were made to be remains the same. Take for example, this church, Athens First. The land and the buildings have gone through many alterations, but the intention is that we provide a space and place to live and move and have our being, seeking and worshiping our Lord.
Dramatic events occur in life. The outer shape may change, but the essence remains. This hymn book here (right) survived the 1955 fire which destroyed this building (left). The edges of the hymnal will be forever singed, but a hymn is still a hymn — designed to praise Him. Praise does not become a relic if there is no hymnal, nor does the desire to seek Him disappear if there is lack of a building.
However, here Athens First stands, placed in the heart of a town, where life beats steady. Though we are changing again the outer look of this building, it is with the goal to better serve the needs of our community. Last spring, former Reverend Dan Kiger (1984 – 1993) spoke at our Capital Campaign Sunday, outlining the changes that would occur at this church. But he urged us to represent our core effort: to be a “haven of blessing and peace” for everyone who enters here and walks by our church. It is our core: putting the people of Athens first.