Compassionate marks 27th anniversary

Members of the congregation worship during the 27th anniversary service at Compassionate Outreach Ministries in Gainesville.

BRAD McCLENNY/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.

Compassionate Outreach Ministries celebrated its 27th anniversary with members praising Bishop Larry J. Dennison for his leadership and Dennison praising Jesus for being the head of the Christian church.



Pastor: Bishop Larry J. Dennison.
Location: 320 SE 43rd St.
Services: Sunday morning intercessory prayer is 7 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 9 a.m., morning worship at 10 a.m. and evening worship at 6 p.m. Midweek fellowship is 7 p.m. Wednesday. Children’s church and a nursery are provided and transportation is available.
Phone: 352-373-1888.

"Thank God, for the church," said Dennison, adding that people "can get saved anywhere, but the majority of them get saved in church."

The service included testimonials from parishioners who credit Dennison and his wife, First Lady Margaret Dennison, for helping them in their walk with Christ. Church member Deborah Harden said the theme of the anniversary — "Reaching Out — Not Out of Reach" — describes what the church and its leaders are all about. She said God gave Dennison the vision to reach out to the "spiritual, emotional and physical needs of those who are hurting." She said she is thankful that God anointed the Dennisons to speak life into her and for helping to empower her to have power over sin."

She also said Dennison loves to say that helping people doesn't bother him and she encouraged others not to get weary in their well-doing.

"I am so glad and so blessed that God has placed me in Compassionate Outreach Ministries," Harden said.

The service also included testimonials from other church members, including Rosa Quinn, who, like all of the others, talked about the dynamic and life-changing leadership that Dennison provides.

Quinn said she joined Compassionate after visiting the church and hearing several sermons by Dennison, whom she described as a "wonderful bishop." She mentioned how she came to a W.O.R.D. Revival at the church and was awed by the way the greeters and the ushers welcomed her and others with smiles and open arms. She said she was convinced that Compassionate would be her home church when Dennison proclaimed after one of his sermons that "You are in the right place at the right time."

"I have been to a lot of places and a lot of churches, but this church is just what it says it is — compassionate," Quinn said.

The service also included powerful singing by member Terrie Robinson, who sang several songs, including "The Holy Ghost Power." While singing the song, Robinson said people need to return to singing praises to God.

Near the end of his sermon while talking about the power of God, Dennsion asked Robinson to come back to the front of the church and sing a little bit more of "The Holy Ghost Power."

Dennison said churches belong to Jesus Christ and not to the preachers who lead them. He also said there are three reasons to thank God for the church.

He said the first reason is because God built the church himself.

"Jesus said upon this rock, I will build my church," Dennison said. "He will let you build automobiles and houses, but he won't let you build his church."

He said the second reason to thank God for the church is because he "built it to own it." He said the third reason to thank God for the church is because it was built to last.

"The church will stand when everything else is failing, " Dennison said. "The economy will fail, but the church will survive. Oh yes, it will. Politicians will fail, but the church will survive. Morality will go down, but the church will survive."

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