The Challenger 1961

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The Challenger 1961



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The Rev. Floyd Brause became the mission developer in 1972. The first service was held on October 14, 1973 in the Homestead Elementary School with 91 people present. A Sunday School was organized one month later with 35 children. In April of 1974 a store front building was rented in the downtown area. Folding chairs were purchased and altar furnishings constructed by men of the congregation. The congregation remained in this building for two years. In the spring of 1976, the congregation moved to the Eagle River Elementary School. Groundbreaking was held for a new building in September of 1976. Construction was completed in April of 1977, although the congregation moved into the unfinished building on Christmas Eve, 1976. An active duty day care center began in 1977 with the aid of a municipal grant.Construction began in May, 1984 for an addition to the first building. The addition houses offices, extra classrooms, a large pre-school area with office space, an enlarged nave, and increased spaces.

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