Lakeside church opens doors after five-year effort
By Anna Erickson
The Lakeside Christian Church congregation is realizing a dream on Sunday, Feb. 23 as it worships for the first time in its new House of Worship just north of Hubbard.
“It’s been five years, nine months,” said Lakeside minister Dick Jorgensen. “We’ve set up and taken down 297 at the Hubbard Community Center.”
The new church will seat about 125-130 people. The congregation found some used chairs, a Kawaii baby grand piano and podium at a St. Cloud church that was looking to get rid of them.
“It’s really nice stuff and it all comes together to be warm and intimate,” Jorgensen said.
The pastor credits local contractor John Mason, who ran the construction project. All of the subcontractors were local, Jorgensen said.
The church became a reality after many people stepped up with funding.
“It was one of ‘God’s billboards,’” Jorgensen said. “We have people from all over the country who contributed to the building project.”
Having been in the ministry for 56 years, Jorgensen has been part of several congregations.
“This is the last hurrah,” he said.
Looking to the future, Lakeside is building up its education programming and “Kidside” offerings.
Lakeside will continue to support mission programs. The church sponsors Neal and Danette Goodmanson, who are missionaries in Niger. The church also supports Pioneer Bible Translators and ReachAfrica.
Locally, Lakeside has supported Pine Haven Christian Assembly.
This Sunday, coffee time and fellowship begins at 9 a.m. Eric and Lael Bervig, and Penel Jensen will play music before worship at 10 a.m.
Nursery and Kidside classes will be in operation.
Located at 16623 State Highway 87, one and one-half miles north of Hubbard, the building has been under construction since May 2013.
From Park Rapids the church building is located four miles south of Park Rapids on U.S. 71, and three miles east on State Highway 87.
It will be a grand time. “Come as You Are, Grace Happens” will be Jorgensen’s first message.
Lakeside’s weekly teaching broadcast, “Point of Power,” may be heard every Sunday on KPRM-AM 870 and KDKK-FM 97.5, at 10 am.