The Gathering offers Sandestin a place to worship

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 03:00 PM.

As news of a new chapel planned by Tom Becnel has surfaced, Stone and Seering see this as possibly a true blessing for The Gathering, and Becnel has indicated a willingness to have them.

"We have high hopes that The Gathering will be a major tenant and that he will be able to build the chapel soon," Stone said.

Although The Gathering may be small, and not a full-service church, it makes a significant contribution to the community. They support the mission ministry of Billy Gray as well as various local charities, and supply Thanksgiving dinners to the Muscogee Tribe in Bruce.

The members also purchase and distribute Christmas presents to local families in need and donate to Shelter House for abused families.

"This month we will send two weeks' offering collections to relief agencies in Moore, Okla.," Stone, chairman of the Board of Directors, said. 

Although many people prefer a more formal, organized church, locals and tourists call The Gathering their home church.

"We have a large number of people who attend during the winter and then go back to their homes in the summer," Stone said. "As long as you are worshiping God, it (size of church) doesn't make any difference in our view."

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