Cornerstone Church celebrates movePublished 11:00am Thursday, May 16, 2013
The members of Cornerstone Church started their gatherings 12 years ago at the YMCA. While they cherish the start that building gave them, their future brings the hope of growth.
On Sunday, Cornerstone will celebrate the grand opening at the new church in downtown Fergus Falls. Located between the Viking Cafe and Sears buildings, the congregation is overjoyed with what the new location provides.
“We love being in downtown Fergus, where we are visible and accessible,” said the Rev. Eric Uggerud, who has led the church for seven years. “We’re glad to be taking one of these beautiful, historic buildings downtown and repurposing it for something that will hopefully be here for a long time.”
The new church offers a visible and accessible location, and one with meaning as well. Uggerud said that in choosing the location the church strives to be a “pillar of truth at the center of the city.”
“Our commitment has been, and will continue to be, helping people know Jesus and grow in their faith,” Uggerud said.
For nine months, the congregation had kept an eye on the location while they decided whether to build or remodel an existing structure. In November, they closed on the building and started remodeling two months later. Now, the church family built at the Y for 12 years will start the next stage of their mission with open space and a large sanctuary fit with wonderful acoustics.
“We are so pleased with how our building looks on the inside,” Uggerud said. “It feels warm and inviting. The sanctuary, in particular, has a welcoming feel to it.”
Uggerud, a Fergus Falls native, said the location is also special because of what it means to the people and how iconic Lincoln Avenue is to the city. Neighbors, too, have been happy to see the church move to the building.
“It already feels like home to a lot of people in the congregation,” Uggerud said. “This downtown stretch of west Lincoln has a special place in the hearts of people in Fergus Falls.”
For Uggerud and his congregation, the new space and location also brings added responsibility to the church mission. Uggerud said he hopes the expansion allows them to meet the needs of those who already come on Sundays, as well as those who need outreach in the community.
“Really, we just want to be a resource. If people want to know God and grow in their faith, we want to be here for that,” Uggerud said. “That was a big reason for getting this building. What we’ve done at the Y is help people know Jesus and grow in faith. That’s what we want to be about here.”
Sunday’s worship service will begin at 10 a.m., followed with treats from City Bakery. The theme for the first month will be “Building your life on Christ.” With plenty of parking in the back, services are open to newcomers every Sunday.