Elim Lutheran Church breaks ground for new
The church which opened its doors in the summer of 1980 had visions of future expansions and eventually a youth recreation center according to Lynn Walty.
“We had a vision then to have a youth center, and that’s why we built that slab out there,” Walty said.
The slab in which Walty refers to is currently being used as an outdoor recreation court but is much smaller than the proposed building foundation.
At 6,800 square feet and costs running as high as $975,000 for the new multiplex.
“We’re looking at $975,000 for the new facility, with another $103,000 needed for the accessories,” Doug Milnor said.
Most of the monies will come from its own congregation as will the labor according to Milnor and Walty, but they hope for outside contributions and help for the 18 to 24 month projected time frame to complete the building.
The new facility will be more than just a youth rec center.
“Well, they call it a recreation center, but it’s a gymnasium so, it can be used as an auditorium, a game area, concerts, meetings, big group gatherings, basketball hoops and sound systems,” Chris Molstre said with an excited voice.
“We love youth- every age, and we have something for everyone, Pastor Mark Molstre said.
He continued to say that many of the kids who attend his youth ministry do so on their own and some of their parents ei don’t attend Elim.
“We have a 60 to 70 person high school program every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and anyone is welcome.
Walty added that the church had the foresight to build the original buildings at its current location because of the high school.
“We had more availability for land and this was the smallest acreage but we wanted to be right here, we knew where to be,” he said. “That’s who we are here for, our youth.”