Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Bible college planned at former McLouth church

June 6, 2001

A Tonganoxie area couple have established a prayer house at the former McLouth Church of the Nazarene.

And this fall, Bob and Jill Penrod plan to found a bible college at the church.

"We also have a food pantry and several other things that we haven't got started," Jill Penrod said.

"We're just really excited about it. We have a beautiful place, and we're working on it and fixing it up inside."

Pathway to Life, in the former Nazarene church just east of downtown McLouth, is open for prayer meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and a worship service on Thursday evenings.

"Everybody is welcome," Penrod said. "It's interdenominational."

Plans call for instructors from another Bible college to teach at the McLouth school.

"It's just on my heart to do this," Jill Penrod said. "It's been that way for a long time. I've worked in Christian Work for a long time."

Meanwhile, parishioners with the Nazarene church are meeting at the city's school while work continues on their new building on seven acres east of McLouth along Kansas Highway 16. Growth in the congregation forced church members to sell their building to the Penrods and construct a new 14,400-square-foot church.

"We're shooting for completion before school starts, and I hope we can reach that goal," said Sherry Alterman, church secretary.

"We may not be in the sanctuary at that time, but at least we may be in the church. We've come a long way, but we've got a long way to go."

On June 17, the Living Water Evangelical Free Church, another growing congregation, will break ground on a building north of Oskaloosa.

"That will be the first time that our new pastor will be speaking," said Bob Crowe, a church elder.

The Rev. Phil Green, formerly of the Ellsworth Evangelical Free Church, will be installed as pastor during a ceremony on June 24.

Living Water Church plans a 13,500-square-foot multipurpose center that parishioners hope will be completed in about six months. It would include a temporary sanctuary, Sunday school classrooms, a kitchen and a gathering area.

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