Sunday is the last day the congregation of New Life Assembly of God Church will meet in the building that has been their home at 11515 E. Broadway Ave. The final service will begin at 10:45 a.m.
The building on Broadway has been sold and the group will meet temporarily at its youth center at 11410 E. Sprague Ave. while the new location is being remodeled, a process that is expected to take two to three months. The church will lease the former Rosauers store at Sprague and Gillis.
“We were running out of space,” said associate pastor Jason Kiesel of the Broadway building. Parking was an issue, and the church was surrounded by homes, making expansion difficult. “We tried doing two services at the old building, but it just didn’t fit the personality of the church.”
Church members began looking at options last year and for a while considered buying land to build a new church. “We quickly learned, with today’s construction economy, that remodeling existing commercial property would be the best bang for our buck,” Kiesel said.
The church has about 350 members, and the new location should seat 800 comfortably. The remodeling project is being paid for with the proceeds from the sale of the church on Broadway, which has been sold to the Community of Christ Church. “It’s really going to be a wonderful facility.”
The new location is still owned by Rosauers, so the church will lease it for now. But the ultimate goal will be to purchase the building at some point in the future, Kiesel said. Worship at the new location will begin at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. on Sundays beginning July 22.
Vacation Bible school
Five churches in the Otis Orchards area are teaming up to offer a community vacation Bible school session from July 30 to Aug. 2. Class will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day for children age 5 through the sixth grade at Otis Orchards Community Church, 23304 E. Wellesley Ave. The theme of the VBS is “Game Day Central: Where Heroes are Made.” There is no admission charge.
The churches also will host a free community carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Otis Orchards Elementary, 22000 E. Wellesley Ave. It’s a back-to-school event with school supplies as some of the prizes.
The other participating churches are Journey Fellowship, The Meadowwood Church, Starr Road Baptist Church and Word of Life Church. For more information or to register call 226-0544, 926-9552 or 226-5148.
Zion Lutheran Church will host a family movie on the church lawn Wednesday at 6 p.m. The scheduled movie is the G-rated “Happy Feet.” Admission is free, and those attending are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chairs. The church is at 8304 E. Buckeye Ave. Call the church office at 926-5407 for more information.
The Christ Lutheran Church Child Center will host a rummage sale fundraiser Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will be used to replace windows in the center. The church is at 13009 E. Broadway Ave.