Iglesia Ni Cristo Buys An Old Catholic Church Building In Iowa And Brings It Back To LifeBy Marhgil Macuha on Jan 9, 2012 in United States, World •
In La Motte, Iowa
Credit: Dave Kettering
An old Catholic Church building in La Motte, Iowa, formerly known as the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, was reportedly bought by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) in June 2011 for $180,000. The said building was established by the Catholic Church in 1893.
The building was said to be empty for 5 years. The new owners reportedly took 2 months to renovate the building. Local firms were hired to do the renovation. The renovation included stripping away of stained glass windows, crosses and crucifixes; and adding of crystal chandeliers and high-tech media systems. According to reports, the church has put $621,000 into it for renovations.
Last January 4, 2012, the renovated house of worship was dedicated to God. INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo led the dedication, in which 850 people reportedly attended.
“A palpable proof of (the church’s) rapid growth and expansion is this house of worship now being dedicated to God here in La Motte, Iowa,” Brother Edward Maranan reportedly said during an opening statement.
“I think people had reservations (about the new church) at first. But as a whole, they are pleased now. This brings this building back to life,” La Motte Mayor Paul Konrady, who attended the dedication, reportedly said.
Worship service schedule at the newly dedicated INC house of worship are 7:30 PM Wednesdays and 11:00 AM Saturdays.
Update (January 9, 2012): Below is a video interview of Dan Kahl, an INC Deacon in La Motte, Iowa:
INC Chapel Dedication In La Motte, Iowa
Credit: Youtube / BeatrixMJ
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