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Survival of the Fittest- Church, That Is

By Elisha Neubauer

When it comes to resilience, Piedmont Church seems to know a trick or two. Although they have been in the northeast Cobb community for over 50 years, they haven't always had an easy path, almost closing their doors 10 years ago. But, with a little love and support from the community- they managed to get back on top, coming back stronger than ever.

"One of the unique aspects is that Piedmont Church has been a part of the North East Cobb Community for more than 50 years, yet in many ways, Piedmont is like a brand new church because of the recent re-emergence of the church in the life of the community," states Ike Reighard, Senior Pastor at Piedmont Church. "Piedmont has reinvented itself by becoming involved in the community in a tremendous way."

Piedmont Church raises money for High School senior scholarships

Today, the Church has an outstanding involvement in the local schools, making itself a valued partner in the educational system of the area. For example, volunteers from the Church provide lunch for the Blackwell Elementary 5th grade year-end picnic. An annual event, Christmas At Piedmont, raises more than $15,000 in college scholarships for local high school students. They donated iPads to 15 special needs units in local schools recently.

"Must Summer Lunch program volunteers provided 3500 lunches," stated Reighard. "Local school events are hosted in the Conference Center Free of Charge and Piedmont also sponsors the Cobb County Egg Drop that attracts 10,000 children and adults." He tells us that their volunteers also provide lunch for teacher appreciation days.

In addition to an added focus on the community's schools, the Church has placed an extensive amount of attention on their family ministry. For children from birth to 5th grade, the institution offers small groups and worship environments on Sundays at 9:30 & 11am, along with Wednesday evening activities during the week. The Piedmont Academy Preschool & Early Learning Center is available during the week, covering children ages 3 months to Kindergarten.

Volunteers help pack lunches

"Both of these provide quality care and educational programs," says Reighard. For older children, 6th-12th grade students, small groups on Sunday mornings are available with a worship service on Wednesday evenings. "We also offer camps and mission opportunities throughout the summer," Reighard details. "One of those opportunities is our local mission outreach, Best Week Ever, where our students go out into our community and do service projects at local homes and schools."

The Church is also equally as active on social media sites as it is in the local community, offering live streaming, a Piedmont app, and a podcast to encourage worship, regardless of location or schedule.

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