A place to call home—praise and thanksgiving were lifted up to the Lord for answered prayers in Charles City, Iowa last month. New Hope Lutheran Church celebrated the dedication of their first church building on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
This congregation was a new mission start five years ago and had been meeting in rented space, according to Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) Iowa District East (IDE) Vice President Carole White. “The congregation is so excited to get into their 'own' space; it is amazing to see God's hand at work in providing for this new mission start. IDE graciously provided $20,000 to help New Hope with their down payment,” said White. “And LCEF was blessed to help fund the purchase of their new building.”
New Hope’s building was originally a fitness center. Now, it’s their new church home. “Our experience with LCEF has been wonderful,” said New Hope’s Treasurer Rhonda Westergard. “Being a very young church [with] most of us new to LCMS [Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod,] we had no idea that we could find such support financially when we started getting serious about buying our own church building. Carole White has been exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful as we started this journey with LCEF.”
“Current members are very motivated and engaged. They have already raised their supporting LCEF investor level to a point where the congregation was able to waive their loan fee and begin earning the LCEF Shared Blessings loan rebate,” said White.