Evergreen Evangelical Covenant Church breaks ground for new church

LAKE TWP. — Thanks to growth and hard work by the congregation, the members of the Evergreen Evangelical Covenant Church in Lake Township officially broke ground on their new building.

Following the 9:30 a.m. service at the current church, the congregation marched a half mile to the location of their new grounds. There, Pastor Keith Foisy led them in prayer to consecrate and bless their new site of worship.

"Nothing we make with our hands can contain Your glory, yet You choose to make us Your temple," Foisy said in prayer. "Bless this new church and Your people here."

Ground was then broken by members of the church's building committee and they returned to the current church for a small reception.

The current church was built in 1953 and was a center of Christian worship and service in Lake County for more than 60 years. With the growth of attendance, however, the small 90-person chapel was becoming too cramped for the needs of its people.

"It's a new beginning," remarked Foisy. "We've been in that little chapel for many years, and each one of it loves it, but we saw the wisdom of moving to new grounds where we can have more space and offer a better place of prayer for our worshipers."

After a long planning process which began in 2003, the new church is set to begin construction this month. It will be able to seat more than 200 people, will be handicapped accessible and will have other on site resources like offices, a kitchen and a common area. The 30-acre tract of land also will allow for more outdoor room for the reflection and enjoyment of the church members.

"It’s going to give us a larger facility to worship all on one floor," said Bob Way, chairman of the Construction Committee. "It’s handicapped accessible, there’s room to accommodate our growing congregation and it will have a lot of new additions to the property people will have access to."

More than 80 percent of the funds needed for the new church have already been collected. It is expected to open in late November of this year.