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Growing SCC church reaches beyond community

Published on: January 16, 2013

Representatives from the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, along with people involved with the building, dedicate the new 14,000 square-foot Life Enrichment Center. Mitch Traphagen Photo

Representatives from the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, along with people involved with the building, dedicate the new 14,000 square-foot Life Enrichment Center. Mitch Traphagen Photo

By MITCH TRAPHAGEN

SUN CITY CENTER — Although located in the heart of one of Tampa Bay’s largest retirement communities, the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center has a long reach beyond the boundaries of the 55-year-old and up community. With driving music pouring out from the loudspeakers, a large number of children and young families joined retirees to enjoy the dedication of a new building on the growing ministry.

On Sunday, people young and old danced on stage in the newly dedicated Life Enrichment Center building at the church, while others gathered outside listening to a live band play some softer, older than contemporary music. Then a large blue ribbon was cut, with church elders, board members and youngsters taking part and the building became a newest part of a growing church.

“God has given us an unbelievable church — multigenerational, multicultural — experiencing one miracle after another,” said Rev. Dr. Warren Langer, Senior Pastor. “The Life Enrichment Center, the newest facility on our campus is not only a home for our ministries, but a place of welcome with an open door for the entire community.”

Planning for the building began five years ago, with groundbreaking taking place last April.

“Having been blessed with steady and rapid growth, we are very excited to move into our state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility: The Life Enrichment Center,” said Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts.

The 14,000 square foot facility will house contemporary and Hispanic worship programs within a state-of-the-art assembly space, including a commercial kitchen and office complex. The lobby of the new building even includes a coffee bar.

In keeping with an Old Testament tradition, the people were lead to the new building for the dedication by children with sparkly banners.

Members of the congregation, both young and old, celebrate the new facility. Mitch Traphagen Photo

Members of the congregation, both young and old, celebrate the new facility. Mitch Traphagen Photo

One of those children, 11-year-old Dustin Lucht said, “We, the children and youth, will honor God in this building now and in the future.”

The theme for the day was “Celebrate with Joy.” The church is planning a community celebration in the new building on Feb. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center online at www.sccumc.com.

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