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CLAIR MEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD

LOCATION: 2415 S 78th St., Tampa. 626-0087.

SERVICES: Sunday School 9:30 a.m., worship service and children's church 10:30 a.m.; first Sunday of each month praise and worship service at 6 p.m.; 7 p.m. Wednesday family night with activities for children, youth and adults.

HISTORY: Charles and Sally Raburn started the church in 1963. The church started in a tent at the present location, a former turnip patch.

LEADERSHIP: John Raburn, son of Charles and Sally Raburn, became pastor of the church in 1981. His father retired after hurting his back in 1973. When the younger Raburn took over the church it had five members. Raburn earned his bachelor's degree at Troy State University in Alabama and a theology degree from a correspondence course through Berean School of the Bible, a school affiliated with the Assemblies of God ministries. He has been married for 24 years and has two sons: John II, 17, and Ryan, 15.

RECENT SERMON TOPIC OR THEME: "Repairing the temple _ not just the building, but our lives."

MEMBERSHIP: 325

PROGRAMS: Royal Rangers for boys, Missionettes for girls, youth group, children's ministries, home fellowship groups, drama team, a praise and worship team and sports teams.

OUTREACH TO THE COMMUNITY: Members visit nursing homes and hospitals, and they perform drama skits and put on puppet shows at community centers. The church band plays at community functions, and members give blood when the Bloodmobile visits. The church is used as a voting precinct, and members help Metropolitan Ministries and other ministries with food and clothing.

NOTABLE: The pastor sings and plays instruments for the church. His music group, "The Raburns," just produced a cassette tape.

_ MICHELLE JONES

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