By Trent Moore

trentm@cullmantimes.com

Charlotte Heatherly said she knows a miracle is coming on Saturday.

The church Heatherly attends, First Christian Church Cullman, has been chosen by the Alabama Northwest Florida region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to host the bi-annual Miracle Day workday and celebration.

Heatherly said the news couldn’t have come at a better time.

“They select a church that needs a miracle and needs some help,” she said. “This year that’s us.”

The focus for the day is to renovate, update and improve the church facility, which was originally built in 1920 for an initial investment of $30,000.

Heatherly, who is also the president-elect of the church’s general board, said she hopes revitalizing the facilities will also rejuvenate the church as a whole.

“We want to expand and we want to grow,” she said. “I think an attractive building and better facilities will help accomplish our goals.”

To improve the facilities, Heatherly said they have a laundry list of updates that should be made on Miracle Day.

“The third floor is in dire need of refurbishing and we’re trying to fix-up the old pastor’s study,” she said.

Heatherly said they also plan to landscape a small courtyard, replace older windows, fix the church’s old handicap ramp and put up a new fence, among others things.

“It’s going to be a big day,” she said.

The work will be done entirely by volunteers, mostly from the Alabama Northwest Florida region of the Christian Church.

“We also welcome anyone else that would like to participate,” Heatherly said.

Though much of the work will be done on Miracle Day itself, Heatherly said members of the congregation are already working hard to get things prepared.

“It’s so exciting,” she said. “Everyone is just thinking ‘My goodness it’s almost here.’”

Though the church’s attendance normally averages 50 people, over 150 volunteers are expected to turn out for Miracle Day.

“We’re really hoping for close to 200 or so,” Heatherly said.

So many people are expected in fact, that the church has requested Fourth Avenue SE between Second Street and Highway 278 be closed June 7 for Miracle Day.

“The city has been really cooperative,” Heatherly said. “We haven’t had any problems setting this up.”

Heatherly said though the day is built around work, worship will also play a strong part in Miracle Day.

“We have a little worship service planned for everyone there,” she said. “I like to think of it as spirituality, worship and working together to achieve a goal.”

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