All the Right Reasons for Going to Church

by Arthur Price 

There are several reasons that I would like to write about the Dolloff Church of God at 5005 Dolloff Rd. in Cleveland.  The first reason is because Dolloff Church of God helps homeless people.   The second reason is, starting in December 2014, they have a food pantry that will help homeless people and other citizens.   I might add, that there will be clothing for the entire family available.  The third reason is the fact that they are helping people with paying their gas and electric bills.

The fourth very special reason:  Dolloff Church of God is buying old abandoned houses, rehabbing the houses and letting low income people have the option to buy the home of their dreams!  The houses are located in various places in Slavic Village.  The fifth reason:  the Church raises money to send the youth of the church out of town for various church events, as well as camping in the summer.

The Very Reverend Hestel C. Stout ‘s worship schedule is Sunday Morning Service at 10:00 am, some evening services at 6:00 pm, Monday prayer service at 7 and Wednesday evening Bible class at 7 p.m.  The sixth most gratifying and spiritual reason:  when the Sunday church is in session, and the band is playing along with the choir singing, it seems as if somehow the Holy Spirit enters the Chapel and touches the hearts of the believers.  They began to do the holy dance, start shouting, and speaking in tongues. This lifts the mood of everyone in Church.  It does my heart good and makes me very happy.  As the music is played faster and faster, louder and louder, the brothers and sisters are dancing and shouting frantically, and the congregation is jumping up and down joyously clapping with smiles and laughter.

I am so overcome with gratitude and praise for the Lord that I find myself joyously crying and trying to clap as loud as everyone else. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” Praise God!  Amen!” I call out.  With a final prayer, we end the service calm and I can look forward to the week.

You can visit Dollop Church and have a good and wholesome time in the name of the Lord.  May God Bless and Keep You.

Copyright Cleveland Street Chronical and NEOCH January 2015