Yacolt Church Holds Groundbreaking

At 6 o'clock in the evening, May 1, members and friends of the Yacolt Adventist Church gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at the church's new location on Parcel Ave. in Yacolt, Wash.

"This is a longtime dream coming true," Lutz Binus, pastor, comments. "The dream that Yacolt would have a new church home, began in the hearts of Virginia and John Baccus," states Binus. The Baccus family donated land for a new church building.

For almost four years, the congregation has met at the Free Evangelical Church since selling their former building in Amboy.

Once completed, the new building will have 7,500 square feet of space with an auditorium, a fellowship hall, classrooms and offices. Carl Schwartz, head elder of the congregation, says: "It is our purpose to not only provide a home for our own members, but to reach out and meet needs that we see in the community at large."

Binus encouraged the Yacolt congregation, by saying: "God will be with us as we willingly make ourselves and our gifts available for building His kingdom in this town."

James Weldon, Yacolt council member, added a civic welcome. "We welcome you to our community, and wish you a successful building program."

Avalon Architects of Vancouver, Wash., worked at length with the congregation developing plans. The congregation anticipates a lot of prayer and hard work as they embark on this endeavor.

August 01, 2009 / Oregon Conference