New Life to host open house in its new building
"Seven years ago, when we started this, I was in a hurry,"quipped New Life Ministries Pastor Andrew Lasslo.
He was explaining why he did not mind waiting a few months for contractor Mike Schmitz to begin interior finish work on the church's new building. Schmitz had other jobs to do.
Rev. Lasslo was also explaing why he is patient enough to look forward to a few more years to complete the second half of the 7,200 square foot church: achievements take time.
It took years of saving for the congregation to amass enough money to buy the lot just south of the Morgantown factory in Helper. That was seven years ago.
The exterior shell went up three years ago.
And now the first 3,600 square feet are ready to house church services and activities.
The first service will be Sunday, but before then there will be an open house for the public on Saturday. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The initial phase contains a spacious assembly room, rest rooms, a nursery and an industrial-grade kitchen.
The second phase will turn the remaining 3,600 feet into the main sanctuary, capable of holding large gatherings and community events.
"It was never my dream to build a big, fancy church," Lasslo said. However, after 20 years in the old Spring Glen School and three more in Helper's Rio Theater, the pastor and his congregation are ready for something better.
But while the building is new, the old message is the same, the pastor said. "Love the Lord and one another."