By Blaze Fugina Community Editor
A new Mound church began worship service in the old Langdon Bay Trading Post on Sunday, July 15 at 9:15 a.m.
The church, which is called New Morning Church, features Pastor Barbara Hosmer and Pastor Del Weeks, both former pastors from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mound. The church is using the log cabin located between Commerce Boulevard and Lake Langdon after the building was left vacant by the closing of the trading post last April.
"The owners invited us to use this space to worship," said Hosmer. "We can stay as long as we are able to, until they sell or use the space."
The building, which is currently owned by Dick Rines, was the reason that the New Morning Church decided to station their church in Mound.
"We were invited by the Rines family to use their facility," said Hosmer. "It is a lovely space where we can feel in one with observance and one with nature."
Hosmer, who has served as a pastor since 1975 in three different states, said that the church is independent with a Lutheran denomination.
"It’s a place of welcome and renewal," she said.
According to the church website, Hosmer has been a pastor in New York, Colorado and Minnesota. Weeks has worked at churches in California, Montana, Georgia and Minnesota.
The first church service was held on July 15 after a 45-day preparation to begin the church. Hosmer said that around 35 people showed up for the inaugural service.
"People were glad and excited to be there," she said.
The church has plans to expand to another evening service for youth and young adults. Steve Hosmer, who is in charge of operations at New Morning Church, said they hope to have a different type of youth service than the typical contemporary service of other churches.
"The contemporary services that people put together tend to be totally praise (music) focused," he said.
Plans are to start this contemporary service in the fall. The church plans to host one service a week on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the old Langdon Bay Trading Post building. They will serve coffee and snacks before and after each service.
For more information, go to the New Morning Church website at www.newmorningchurch.org.