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Atmore churches enhance outside atmosphere

By By Matthew Nascone
Being seen can be an important aspect of any church and two of Atmore's Main Street churches have made efforts to be seen by more people.
Both the First Assembly of God Church and St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church are in the process of adding a new sign on their front lawn.
"We wanted to make the church more visible from the main road and now people can see our church name from either side of the road," St. Robert's Rev. Gordon Milsted said.
St. Robert's sign is being constructed by Alan Harp and his Revelations Construction crew. The sign has had some delays as the correct pieces of the sign needed to be found. However, Milsted said the sign is coming along beautifully and he is happy with the progress.
When finished the sign will have a Ramble Rock planter as the base and the sign itself will be aluminum with the name of the church in permanent lettering and moveable letters will be used for mass times. A lantern-style light will be on either side of the planter and flood lights will illuminate the sign as nighttime approaches.
"I like how the sign is progressing and I am looking forward to it making our church more visible," Milsted said. "It will help the people who pass by to recognize where the Catholic church is."
Further south on Main Street is the brand new sign in front of the First Assembly of God Church. This sign is an identification sign at the top and a digital display sign on the bottom.
Pastor Don Davis said the sign was discussed a few years ago as a way to promote all the activities at First Assembly.
"We presented it to the church this past spring and they said go through with it," Davis said. "And we raised the money needed through an offering and the members of this church responded well."
Faith Vickrey was the church member who handled finding a company to build the sign and she said the church hired J.M. Stewart Corporation out of Sarasota, Fla.
Davis said he is excited to have the sign fully operational.