Spirit Lake Ministry Center held Easter worship and fellowship in a new building. After an extensive seven month remodel, a 53 year old quonset has become the new worship center and dining facility for the Spirit Lake Ministries located near Wood Lake on the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota.
The quonset started its life as a Lutheran Church in the early 60s at the Dakota's Youth Ranch, a Bible camp for youth from the reservation. After the property was purchased by the Dakotas Annual Conference, the quonset became a storage warehouse, food pantry/clothing closet, sleeping area for volunteer teams and a tool room. Photos from Spirit Lake Ministry facebook page: The extensive remodel began with an empty quonset shell.
The new worship space, a dream of Mike and Libby Flowers, co-directors at Spirit Lake, became a reality after a successful fundraising campaign. With the help of donors from all over the country, many having volunteered on the reservation in past years, and two significant donations, the dream became a reality. Arthur Hall was completed on Friday, March 25th, just in time for 47 of our friends and neighbors to attend an Easter meal and the first United Methodist worship service on the reservation. Photo from facebook: Libby Flowers likes to take a hands-on approach.
After the meal and before the worship service, a rousing game of kickball broke out as the children burned off some excess energy. At 6:30pm on Easter Sunday, 22 worshippers from on and off the reservation enjoyed a powerful worship experience and Holy Communion in celebration of the risen Christ. "What better day to start worship services than on Easter," said Mike Flowers. Photo from facebook: a new serving table was inaugurated on Easter Sunday.
Spirit Lake Ministry will continue to hold worship services every Sunday at 5:00pm. Light snacks will be provided before and after services with a meal being served on the third Sunday of each month.
"It is our prayer Spirit Lake Ministries will be a place of refuge and hope for those seeking the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," said Mike and Libby Flowers. Photo from facebook: The 47 people in attendance on Easter Sunday enjoyed fellowship, worship, and a communal meal in the new Arthur Hall. Spirit Lake Ministry on facebook.