Progress made restoring historic Georgiana church

Published 7:00 am Thursday, September 7, 2023

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In the early hours of the morning on Feb. 26, a truck hit the Pilgrim Travelers Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God building in Georgiana. Georgiana resident Seth Allen Glass, 28, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash which also left the historic church building destroyed.

Now the church of almost 70 years is currently being cleared of debris by volunteers to be rebuilt and Reverend Shirley Still said the congregation is hoping renovations will be complete by the end of this year or the beginning of the next year.  

“At this point we have the whole building torn down and we’re working to clean up the debris,” Still said. “It’s been a slow and long process, but I still thank God that I’m holding on and I thank all the volunteers and the people that reached out to help build the church back. It has meant a lot and I’m very grateful for that.”

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Natasha Moorer, Still’s daughter, said the church still needs more volunteers and donations to make progress on the restoration of the building. Moorer is happy for the progress made so far, but said it is sad to see as she grew up in the church building. 

“It does feel good to actually clean up and start moving forward,” Moorer said. “It is bittersweet, because the church was there for so long and I grew up in that church from a baby. But, it’s also the birthing of a new process. In the midst of it all God is doing something new.”

Still said they are planning to have a donation benefit hosted by some of the surrounding churches at the end of September. The date and information will be posted on her personal facebook page. 

The church congregation is currently holding its weekly services at the Georgiana Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

Still asks for anyone willing to help volunteer with the clean up, to message her on Facebook. 

Donations may be sent to Shirley Still at 126 Lilac Rd, Georgiana, Alabama 36033.