Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Building Up Lake Congregations Finding Pleasant Surroundings, Helpful Neighbors

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Building Up Lake Congregations Finding Pleasant Surroundings, Helpful Neighbors

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Special to the St. Charles Post Members of two Lake Saint Louis churches rolled up their shirtsleeves and helped construct new buildings on a nuts, bolts and paintbrush level. First Baptist Church of Lake Saint Louis on Lake Saint Louis Boulevard recently completed an 18,000-square-foot family life center. Members and other volunteers saved $250,000 on the million-dollar project by working on the church themselves.

Last month members of Lakecrest Assembly of God worshiped in their own sanctuary after four years of meeting in a banquet center. The new church, a 10,000-square-foot building at Corporate Parkway and Progress Road, will be dedicated on Nov. 19. Lakecrest members numbering about 100 defrayed construction costs by building interior walls, painting and landscaping. They were assisted by the church's mother congregation, St. Charles Assembly of God, as well as traveling Assembly of God missionaries and even a dozen or so men from First Baptist Church of Lake Saint Louis.

"Pastor Bob and the gang over there have some maturity on us," said Lakecrest's pastor, the Rev. Steve Lummer, with a chuckle. "There was a lot of crossing of boundaries to get the building finished, but that isn't unusual for Lake Saint Louis churches, where there is a great spirit of cooperation."

In addition to First Baptist and Lakecrest, other churches at Lake Saint Louis are Living Lord Lutheran, Transfiguration Episcopal and Chapel Of the Lake.

Lake Saint Louis is attracting new churches for a number of reasons, including the attractive environment, explains the Rev. Robert Thompson of First Baptist Church of Lake Saint Louis.

"We meet on the lake in the summer, and everything we do is in nautical terms," he said. "Our newsletter is `Ahoy,' and our sermons are called Life Lines."

Membership at First Baptist and other Lake Saint Louis churches consists of those who are retired and young transient families who work for area industries.

"There is some affluence here but not as much as everyone thinks," he said.

The new addition at First Baptist contains a gym, racquetball room, two large meeting rooms, a kitchen and 13 classrooms. It represents the third phase in the 10-year-old church's building program. …

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