Community Church moves into new space
A year ago, Nancy Dacci trusted God and stepped out to open the doors of the Community Church of God. She serves as the pastor, and from having services in her home to a new space on Lee Boulevard, she's ready to reach out to more people in the community.
"I just felt like it was something he really wanted me to do," Dacci said, "so I knew that if he was calling me to do it, he was gonna do it. No matter what we had to do, no matter where we had to go it was going to be OK."
Dacci came out of Lighthouse Church of God in Lawton and received her licenses through the Ministerial Internship Program (MIP) through the Church of God. She has been involved in churches in the Geronimo and Lawton communities for a number of years. About a year and half ago, she said, God called her to start a church, and it has taken her longer than most because she claims to be a little more "hard headed than some folks" and not a "spring chicken."
"You know, everything you do in life is a training ground and so the churches that you go to are to teach you," Dacci said. "I had gone to Lighthouse when it was Westside. And He moved me out to a church in Geronimo, which I was out there for probably about six years. And then called me back to Lawton because in order to be ordained, I had to sit under a minister for a year. So I did that and took my test and it was still a year after that I felt like I was supposed to start stepping out to do something."
Community Church of God started out in a building in downtown Lawton, but the church had to move out because of problems with the facilities. From March to November 2015, services were in Dacci's home. It moved to its new location at 2610 W. Lee, Suite 3, in late November last year. Dacci is hoping the new location will allow the church to reach out to more people.
"We just want to be able to get all the people we can have," Dacci said. ... "Our goal is, if God leaves us here in this building, is to be able to rent the building next door, because it's empty, and make a way to combine the two."