By Emily Sundblad
COKATO, MN Recently, a local church has taken a step toward expanding its ministry through building a new facility.
Elim Mission Church, whose building is currently located on Broadway in Cokato, has decided to construct a new building on a plot of land on Highway 12 in Cokato, somewhat across from the new fire barn that is under construction.
Matt Miklasz, senior pastor of Elim, commented on the sacrifice that took place years ago so the congregation would have the facility it has now.
The pastor said he is “really grateful for those who sacrificed over the years,” and is looking forward to those who will continue to sacrifice for future generations.
Indeed, the theme of this new construction project is “A Light Into Future Generations.”
Miklasz commented that Elim’s current building is not very usable, and is a hindrance, especially to the handicapped and elderly. Additionally, the building is simply old and deteriorating. Safety is another issue, particularly for the kids who run around the building.
So, the main goals of the new building are to accommodate the needs of the handicapped and elderly, and to allow for ministry expansion, along with addressing other issues.
The cost of this construction project is estimated at $4.2 million. Elim began a capital campaign project to raise funds to pay for the new facility. The capital campaign’s fundraising is scheduled to end Sunday, Oct. 29 of this year.
The hope is to begin building spring 2018, and to have the project finished by early 2019.
Alan Nagel, who is the capital campaign chairman, noted that the new church building is planned to be larger, be located on one level (eliminating stairs), use space better, and allow for future growth.
Miklasz commented, “(We’re) not trying to become a big church, (we’re) just trying to be faithful.”