“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations “(Psalm 90: 1).
Moses’ statement written for the benefit of the tribes in the wilderness is often borrowed and applied to contemporary communities of faith.
It is a declaration that beyond buildings and roofs, God himself is the abode of the believer.
In God, he puts his trust, his confidence and his faith. His offspring and succeeding generations inevitably follow the same pattern and make the same proclamation. It springs from the realization that God guides, comforts, protects and provides for those who put their trust in Him. He can be counted on to be faithful, dependable and true.
One such community of faith in our fair city is the Cathedral Church of God (365 S. Dixie Hwy).
For 90 years, the congregation has witnessed the faithfulness of God as they have served him and the community.
In August of 1924, at the corner of Dixie Highway and SW 2 Street, a small group of Christian believers proclaimed the “Full Gospel” and laid a foundation for what would become Deerfield Beach’s first Pentecostal church.
In the ensuing decades, the church would grow as many individuals and families began to put their faith in God and bear witness to the power of the Gospel. Many of the founding members’ progeny are still actively involved in this ministry of faith.
Today, the church is celebrating a rich history and legacy that has lasted for several generations. Cathedral Church of God is one of the leading congregations in the Florida/Cocoa Church of God (Cleveland, TN). It has produced numerous leaders who have served the state and national offices in administrative positions. Various other ministries and congregations have also emanated from the church.
Current community outreach includes an afterschool tutoring program, bi-weekly feeding program, and support for various social service agencies. All of which are an expression of an abiding faith in God and a desire to demonstrate that faith in service to others.
In honor of their 90-year milestone, the church is planning a host of activities for the month of August.
In addition to the dynamic worship and preaching that takes place every Sunday, there will be an outreach to the community on the church’s property August 13 to 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Activities include music, testimony, proclamation and praises, as well as distribution of bags of groceries and children’s backpacks on Friday, August 15th.
Saturday, August 30 at 3 p.m., the church will hold a celebration and homecoming service with many dignitaries (both civic and ecclesiastic), ministry partners, friends and former members.
The concluding event will be a grand banquet at the Westin hotel in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday August 31 at 3 p.m.
The entire community is invited to come and help celebrate in any of these events.
More information can be obtained by calling the church’s office at 954-427-0302.
Bishop Patrick L. Kelly,
Cathedral Church of God Deerfield Beach