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Crosspointe Church finds a new home in Dysart
November 7, 2018

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Pastor John Lynn and the congregation at Crosspointe Church in Dysart have a new building to call home after extensive renovations to the former St. Joesph's Catholic Church and little touch of their own.

Lynn, the Pastor of Crosspointe Church for the past seven years, and the 65 members of the church originally held worship in a building on Main Street for years, but a majority of the families in the church having small children preschool age and under. Lynn felt their space wasn't enough to hold children's ministry activities or a nursery, so options were considered.

"We own the property north of Casey's and our original intent was to build a new building for our congregation," Lynn said. "As we solicited bids over the last few years to build, we found ours pushing close to a million dollars, which was a bit extreme in my opinion. "Instead, we tried remodeling our building on Main Street to make it more usable, but we simply didn't have enough space. In the end of April, we saw a For Sale sign for the former St. Joesph's church, called the realtor and two weeks later we closed on it."

According to Lynn, the church closed in 2010. The Wolf Creek Players had previously used the space for practice and eventually the Diocese made the decision to sell the building. Immediately, Lynn and volunteers got to work on renovating the space to meet the congregation's needs.

"So far, we have gone through 100 gallons of paint," Lynn said. "We stripped all the old plaster off the walls down the bare studs and put up sheet rock. There was not a stitch of insulation, so we had the building insulated added new carpet, new flooring, put a restroom upstairs and painted the ceiling, which alone took 20 gallons of paint."

Now with more "functional space" in the former Catholic church, Crosspointe has created a nursery downstairs for children to enjoy and plan for Wednesday activities for them. Lynn believes this will come as a relief for the young families they are attracting to services.

"It has been a trend of young families with their children being preschool age and under," Lynn said. "I think our philosophy towards ministry attracts these families. Our philosophy is love God, love people, love life. The three aren't mutually exclusive because when you love god, you're going to love people and when you love people you start loving life. We do a lot of fun activities together from cornhole board tournaments to other crazy stuff. People are looking for a family experience, which we aim to offer."

Lynn already has plans to tackle the outside of the building next year, starting with the parking lot. Afterwards, he wishes to redo the front entryway, so that there are no steps at all coming into the building and will be "100 percent handicap accessible." The work that has been done so far has also attracted the attention of residents with ties to the building.

"Words spread really quick in a small town and a lot of former members who came here as a Catholic church stopped by to see if we were keeping the stained glass windows," Lynn said. "The windows were a big deal for everybody and I'm glad we were able to keep them. The former congregation members were just glad this was staying a church. There were pews in here before we moved in and we were offered quite a bit of money for them. Instead, we gave them away to former members that came here for church. We had 21 pews and were able to give away 18 of them who took them home a piece of history of a church founded here over 100 years ago."

Crosspointe Church will host a community open house on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone is invited to look around at the renovations made to the church, including a cross made of the material stripped from the walls.

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