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Methodist Church near completion of goals

Tuesday, April 2, 2002

As they've been saying in the United Methodist Church in recent weeks, there's a spirit of cooperation.

As contractors finish up their work, volunteers from the congregation have moved in to do their fair share.

"We all have to work at our day jobs and come in here at night and work for three or four hours in the evening," said Pastor Ken Bell. "We've had good crews that have come in to volunteer."

And church members are proud to be able to do what they can.

"People feel some investment, whether it's cleaning or helping with tiling," Bell said. "Whatever they're doing, the group is excited to be involved and have a part making this all come about."

The major construction project has been ongoing for more than a year, and since moving back into the Sanctuary at the end of January they have seen more and more completed.

To celebrate the nearing completion of the $1.5 million project, there are a number of special events and open houses for the entire Storm Lake community.

Currently the Sanctuary is close to completion, with only some audio and visual equipment remaining to be installed. The library and elevator are done. Carpeting and painting remain in the Family Life Center, while the kitchen is awaiting new appliances.

"There always seem to be some details people come back and finish up on," Bell said

A "Grand Opening" was recently held and the church invited people who did not belong to a church to attend a service.

More events are planning during the next month, including:

* April 14, 10:30 a.m. - Bishop Gregory V. Palmer will rededicate the Sanctuary and other additions to the church.

* April 16, 5 p.m. - The Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours.

* April 21, 2 to 4 p.m. - A community open house of the church. In the evening a musical concert featuring the band S.O.S.

* April 28, 7:30 p.m. - A dedication of the new organ.

Since moving back into the Sanctuary at the end of January, there's been something happening weekly, Bell said.

While it seems like the end of a project, it marks the beginning of a new chapter for the United Methodist Church.

"As each phase gets done, we've had to integrate it into our worship and ability to use this facility," Bell said.

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