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Church returns to downtown

Seeking God’s Glory takes up ex-Rust Belt site

WARREN — Years ago, Seeking God’s Glory Church was located off Elm Road and then moved to the southeast side of Warren. It now has returned to the city’s downtown area on East Market Street.

Pastor Chuck Gantz said he has wanted to have the SGG Church Hope Starts Here near downtown Warren.

“God gave us an opportunity to locate in this building and make it our own. We were in Warren 12 years ago and we went to another location off Surrey Road. God spoke to us that we were to come back to downtown Warren. We needed to be back here,” he said.

The former location was used by Rust City and before that was once a bar.

The new location is 860 E. Market St., where SGG began on Feb. 1.

Gantz said the coronavirus pandemic has been challenging to many people.

“We want to help bring hope to the hopeless and love to the loveless. We want the local people to come here just as they did years ago to find the love of Jesus,” Gantz said.

He said SGG started at the Warren Family Mission and then moved to the current STEAM Academy building before locating on Surrey Road for the past eight years.

“It is amazing we found this location. I would drive by here and thought ‘one day.’ It is perfect,” he said.

SGG does a soup and sandwich ministry every Saturday at both the SmartMart parking lot on U.S. Route 422 and in front of the new church location. Hats and coats also are given out as well as a time for prayer.

Gantz said planned for the spring and summer on Friday evenings a group of people will walk the streets to help the homeless and others,

“We speak to them about Jesus. We want to help people who feel like they are not worthy to come here and gather with us / We want to help feed people but also feed them spiritually,” he said.

Because the location used to be a church, very little remodeling was needed.

Gantz said plans are for a kitchen area to make the soup and other items.

Another program offered by SGG is the Women’s Gathering 6 p.m. on the third Friday of the month starting in March. There will be a meal and special speakers.

“This will be one of our first projects. Many local officials have said they are excited to hear SGG is back because of the familiarity with the city. The reason we are all excited is we had a call to work with the lost and broken but we had to transport people to our last location. Now people can easily walk here and be part of this,”’ Gantz said.

Shereyah Barnhart, a member, said the new location has easier access and she can get to it quickly.

Trish Reese, a member, said she likes SGG being more visible in Warren and offering the soup mission on Saturday mornings in the winter months.

“Everybody has a calling. Our assignment was to stay in Warren, and God provided us a way to do that,” Gantz said.

SGG hours are 10:30 a.m. Sunday and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday.For information, call 330-550-3393.

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