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Tellico Village Community Church to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Palm Sunday, March 24, at 10:15 a.m.

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ETMVOn Palm Sunday, March 24, a grand community-wide celebration is planned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Community Church at Tellico Village, located at 130 Chota Center. At 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary, all are invited to participate in a lively interdenominational service comprised of thanksgiving and special music, featuring a number of surprises, honored guests, and founding members. The celebration will continue with a reception in the Christian Life Center following the service.

As a song in the hymnal reads, “It only takes a spark to get a fire going,” and that is exactly how the church began. In late 1987, the idea of forming a community church in fledgling Tellico Village was the spark in the hearts and minds of seven or eight people, who were led by Dr. Robert Puckett, then pastor of Norris Religious Fellowship in Norris, Tennessee. The church was launched on March 13, 1988, when a handful of residents gathered at the Visitors Center and voted to establish a church. The first church service was held on Palm Sunday, March 27, at the new home of Art and Iris Spurrier, with 11 people attending.

Dr. Puckett, now retired, convinced the late Pastor Emeritus Dr. Carl Burke to take leadership of the new church, which met in private homes, the rec center, and the yacht club until a church building could be established in 1994. Always, the fellowship’s mission has been rooted in Christ-like community outreach.

Today, that mission has mushroomed right along with the membership. More than 1,400 members shepherded by Senior Pastor Martin C. Singley, III and his staff, including Dr. R. Tim Meadows, the Rev. Rhonda Blevins, and Music Minister Dr. John Orr, now worship together in a new sanctuary supporting the growing number of members and guests. The church is noted for its generous and spirited involvement in a number of ministries across county lines of East Tennessee and beyond, including Habitat for Humanity, Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, The Child Advocacy Center, Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County, area hospital ministries, and Iva’s Place, among many others. The church also sponsors a college scholarship program, which aids deserving area high school graduates in achieving their educational and professional goals.

Tellico Village Community Church is an interdenominational Christian church affiliated with the International Council of Community Churches. It serves the people of Tellico Village, Rarity Bay, Kahite, Loudon City, Lenoir City, Loudon County, Monroe County, and the East Tennessee region. For more information, contact the church office at (865) 458-1516.

Tellico Village Community Church
130 Chota Center
Loudon, TN 37774
(865) 458-1516
www.tellicochurch.com

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