“Joy” to Our Community!
As most everyone likely knows by now, the city of Mt Juliet is the new owner of the former Joy Church building on Charlie Daniels Parkway. A bit of minor construction and interior re-configuration is currently underway in order to accommodate the new home for our city Police Department. In the next several months the police will be transitioning from their current location inside City Hall to these new offices. This move will free up a lot of badly needed office space in the current City Hall in order to consolidate other departments which are currently located in various other buildings nearby.
Joy Church made the space available for the City to purchase when the construction of their new worship space was complete in mid-January. And while the official property transaction certainly brought a lot of “joy” to the community, it is nothing compared to the “JOY” one feels when you walk inside their new church. Tonya and I had the opportunity to attend the first service as guests in their new church. I was both amazed and overwhelmed. There were well over 1,000 people in attendance and to say that place was hopping would be an understatement! Pastor Jim Frease and everyone there were so welcoming and gracious. Their commitment to making our community a special place to live and worship is unquestionable.
I was very impressed as I pulled onto the property to see the huge number of parking spaces, upon seeing the beautiful construction, well thought out facilities, and all of the modern conveniences and audio-visual technology. But the one thing that was very apparent as I made my way through the large crowd was the very diverse makeup of individuals and families that call Joy Church home. I told my friend it had the feel of a United Nations function. During the celebration it became obvious to me that such a sense is something that Pastor Frease is extremely committed to as their community grows. To all of my many new friends at Joy Church, thank you for the invitation and sincere hospitality.