New home site for historic church complete

Monday, August 8, 2005

By Nancy Nelson, Staff Writer

More than a year ago, members of the historic Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church saw to it that their beloved and well maintained church arrived at its new home located at the Marcus Fair Grounds.

The Marcus Fair Board is happy to have the addition of the historical landmark built in 1891. It now sits on a brand new foundation with completed landscape work and the sanctuary sports a fresh coat of paint and polished woodwork for use at the 2004 Marcus Community Fair. The church looks as if it has never been anywhere else. The entry way has been sheet rocked, painted, and carpeted. It also has an antique light cover to match those in the sanctuary.

Last year, Rod Ogren, Marcus Fair Board President, was quoted as saying, "There's usually pride in any church, but that congregation took awesome care of that little church." The care and attention to detail has helped ease the process of preparing the church for its new duties. He and the board members are proud to be able to help preserve the heritage of the church. Through many donations of time and funding from members of the community as well as the former congregation the church will have a great new life.

One volunteer particularly stands out, Dan Hayes, a new member of the Marcus community approached Ogren, to inquire if there were any volunteer projects in the community that he could help with. Since Hayes had spent a lifetime as a painter, Ogren had the perfect project. Hayes' meticulous work and attention to detail has provided the professional fresh look given to the sanctuary of the church.

The historic church is a fine addition to the community as well, since members of the community can have access to the building. People will be able to use the building for any number of reasons ranging from bridal and baby showers to ice cream socials and meetings. Even weddings can be arranged in the beautifully preserved sanctuary where the bell still tolls with the pull of a rope.

Members of the former congregation will be able to visit with their families and tell the stories of how four generations were raised in the church. The memories of friendship and fellowship will hopefully spill out to the community where they too can take pride in a job well done.

Eventually the basement of the church will also be finished for use, with a small kitchen area, bathroom, and space for community activities. It all takes time, donations, and volunteers to make it happen. In the meantime, those attending this year's fair will have a chance to see the church during one of the three activities scheduled to take place during the fair.

On Friday from 2-3 p.m., Dawn Fokken from Valley Pharmacy will be giving a presentation. On Saturday beginning at 2 p.m., Mark Schuett, President of American Natural Soy will give a presentation, and finally on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. fair attendees will enjoy the quilt show. All this in the cool and comfort the little church.

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