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Metigoshe Ministries raising $5.4M for expansion project

September 30, 2018

BOTTINEAU, N.D. (AP) — Metigoshe Ministries is raising $5.4 million for an expansion project years in the planning.

The Lake Metigoshe retreat in northern North Dakota owned by 74 Lutheran churches broke ground in August for an addition at the facility’s Lakeside Christian Center, the Minot Daily News reported .

“For the past number of years, our retreat ministry has been steadily growing,” said the Rev. Jon Halvorson, the site’s executive director. “Especially for the large group spaces, we’ve run out of room.”

The site hosts church groups and youth groups throughout the year, and also holds various faith-building retreats. The facility at one point had to turn away more than 800 overnight guests because of a lack of space, Halvorson said.

A capital campaign has raised about $3.9 million in donations and pledges over the past three years for the expansion. Volunteer work also has saved the project about $150,000.

“We’ve had just incredibly strong, great support from individuals,” Halvorson said.

The addition will include six new sleeping rooms, bringing the total to 20, and two conference rooms, according to Halvorson. Metigoshe Ministries also plans to relocate its Faith Memorial Chapel into a centerpiece worship space at the new addition.

Work is to begin in earnest in the spring.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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