By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Now that Crossroads Community Church is settled into its new home, the congregation is looking forward to focusing on making a difference in the community through outreach.
Crossroads was created this past July with former members of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cokato who chose to leave the church after the congregation voted to remain a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Located along Highway 12 west of Cokato, members and volunteers transformed a roughly 6,000-square-foot retail building owned by Design and Fabricating, into a place of worship.
Many volunteers have helped transform the building, which is complete with a custom-made lectern that was anonymously donated, several donated bookshelves, a welded cross that adorns its exterior, and countless hours of labor.
“It’s beautiful in there,” said Marc Keith of Crossroads, noting the many people willing to give of their time and monetary contributions.
Some of the work that went into remodeling the building included painting, installing new carpet, adding handicapped accessible restrooms, and building a platform for speakers.
“Sometimes God just opens the door wide open, and that’s what happened,” he said.
The congregation is moving along and has received its 501 (c) 3 status.
It’s also formed a call committee in an effort to call an interim pastor to the church. Services have thus far been conducted mainly by guest pastors.
The church is nondenominational at this point, but it is something the congregation is looking into, Keith explained, noting Crossroads has a Lutheran flavor and worship ranges from traditional to contemporary in nature.
The congregation is excited that the building phase is complete because it can now focus more on the community and making a difference.
“We can turn our focus off of making buildings and more on showing the love of Christ to people in the community,” Keith said.
Worship service is Sundays at 10:15 a.m., with adult and children’s education at 9 a.m.
Average attendance is just over 100 people, with the Christmas Eve service drawing the most attendance, 163 people.
Now that the congregation has a building, it can begin using it for a number of outreach events including bringing in musical artists, hosting movie nights, Saturday evening services, and other events.
With a location right on Highway 12, Crossroads will also be a drop-off site for the food shelf and the Save and Share Thrift Store.
There are several opportunities coming up for community members to stop in and check out Crossroads.
Starting Monday, Jan. 3, people can work on becoming more healthy with Faithfully Fit, a free exercise class for adults of all ages Monday nights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information on this, contact Denise at (320) 286-6278.
Crossroads will be hosting Minnesota Teen Challenge, a faith-based rehabilitation program, during its service Sunday, Jan. 9, which will include testimonies and a choir performance. This event is also free
Those interested in learning more about the power of prayer can register for the upcoming weekend conference, “Discover the Exciting World of Prayer” hosted by Prayer Watch International, Friday, Jan. 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $25.
To register, contact Pastor Karl Kruse of Prayer Watch International at (952) 378-3479.
Crossroads Community Church is located at 15905 US Highway 12, Cokato, in the former Countryside Furniture building.
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