Evergreen Evangelical Covenant Church to host groundbreaking for new church on May 3

BRANCH TWP. — Construction is set to begin on the new home for the Evergreen Evangelical Covenant Church in Branch Township.

The members of the congregation will host a groundbreaking ceremony following their 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday, May 3.

While the current building seats 90 worshipers comfortably, attendance has grown in recent years to more than 160 people. This new church will hold more than 200.

"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."

The new building, and the 30 acres of land it is situated on, will be located a quarter mile away from the current church, down Evergreen Road. It will feature a classroom, nursery, kitchen and offices.

The current building for the Evergreen Evangelical Covenant Church was built in 1953, while the congregation was formed by Rev. B.J. Pomeroy in 1917. A longtime fixture of the community, the Evergreen Chapel is now led by Pastor Keith Foisy who is excited for the congregation to enter a new chapter in its history.

With the theme of "In it together," the congregation is ready to build themselves a new home. Although some of the funds for the new church still need to be raised, 80 percent of the money has been collected.

Construction is planned to begin in earnest by mid-May, while the project is expected to be completed by the end of November.