by Lucie Roy
The Grand Opening of the Father’s House took place 13 September with over 500 in attendance.
O Canada was followed by videos and presentations. The church is located just west of Morinville in Sturgeon County.
Lorraine Demers emcee for the Grand Opening acknowledged the Fathers House Building Committee members and spouses, introduced the Father’s House Church, Christian School Leadership and Team, Elders and Deacons and asked all teachers and staff and Principal Pamela Symyrko to stand and be recognized.
She spoke of the 14-year journey with its vision, planning and all people involved, the building, its trek through the farmers’ fields and its final resting place, with many of the farmers and volunteers named and acknowledged for their invaluable contributions.
At the 9 a.m. service, Mayor Barry Turner spoke of when he heard the news about a tremendous gift of a building to cross the county to start a new beginning.
“The Father’s House has been a part of our community for many years, each year adding more faith and love. Today the Father’s House has grown to over 450 regular attendees.”
Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw spoke at the 10:30 service.
Also speaking at the event was Elder Doug Fraser and from the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Pastor and Elder Glen Forsberg.
Pastor Forsberg made a presentation to Pastor Greg and Betty Fraser.
Many invited to attend were unable, some due to travel restrictions; they all an integral part of the church, pastors and missionaries serving all over the world. A video clip shared their messages. Some of these included Anthony Greco Pastor of the Calgary Life Church, Ron & Colleen Drisner of Singapore, Daniel & Jessica King of Kings Ministries, Josh & Chelsea McManus of Mozambique as well as Dwight & Lynn Lagore of Mozambique, Earl & Ruth Trekofski, Bill Brown and from Red Deer Pastor Jackin Mullenn.
The event included three separate timings to adhere to COVID 19 guidelines.
All three services were very much the same with the only difference in that some of the political leaders addressing the congregation were different in each time allocation.
A free BBQ lunch followed each service. Tours were also available for those wanting to check out the building.