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First service held at a showroom turned church

January 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An old car dealership in Lackawanna County has now been converted into a place of worship for members of the Cornerstone Alliance Church.

An old car dealership in Lackawanna County has now been converted into a place of worship for members of the Cornerstone Alliance Church.

— The former Gibbons Ford dealership in Dickson City is now home to Cornerstone Alliance Church.

Members finally gathered here this weekend for the first in-person service in the new space.

The new place of worship is the product of two churches merging: The Peckville Alliance Church in Blakely and the County Alliance Church in Clarks Summit.

One contingency of the merger was finding a new space where the aging population at both churches could access the building easily.

We had so many of ours that are handicapped here, wheelchairs and whatever you know, we have a lot of elderly here we all need a way to get up here easier," said church member Charles Valenza of Peckville.

Rev. Soto is hopeful the church will start to attract new and younger members and make this a place where that can happen, they spent over $220,000 on renovations, and they've still got more left to do.

After a years-long rehab of the building and many hangups due to COVID-19 restrictions, members were singing praises for the chance to gather in person and gather in the new location.

It's a long time overdue, we've got a nice new building, well not a new building but a nice upgraded building and it meets the needs of the people that's the biggest thing," explained church member Presley Bartlebaugh of Mayfield.

Church leaders say they will continue virtual services for many of their members who don't feel comfortable attending in person yet.

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