Vermillion church schedules open house

Vermillion church schedules open house
The Vermillion congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its doors to newly expanded building last month. David Faldmo, president of the church's regional stake offices in Sioux City, IA, noted that over the past few years Vermillion and the surrounding area have been experiencing steady growth.

The church, located at 20 Mickelson Avenue, will host a public open house on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Even though the old building was built less than 10 years ago, it could no longer accommodate the needs of the members.

Funding of the building came from tithing offered by church members world-wide. Faldmo explained that "faithful members of the church throughout the world contribute 10 percent of their gross income to tithing. This allows our church to finance the construction of chapels, temples, schools and other needed buildings."

Since the funding came from tithing, the "meeting house is completely paid for," he said. The local leader of the Vermillion congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Mark Yockey, extends an invitation to "all those interested in genealogical work to come and see how we can help them research their family history. The Family History Center is open to the public and there is no charge to use its resources."

The new building has provided opportunities for increased activity in the Vermillion area.

"One area that is already getting lots of use is the new cultural hall, which is a large activity area," Yockey said.

The hall has hosted multi-regional youth activities, including volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and a Hawaiian luau.

"We hope to host more activities like this in the future," he said. "We would like to be able to host community events, too."

On the outcome of the renovations and additions, Yockey expressed his gratitude for the building's beauty and functionality.

"We feel the Lord has blessed us greatly. Not only is the building very functional, it is simply beautiful both inside and out. It is filled with beautiful artwork depicting the life of Jesus Christ. It will allow us to continue to grow and meet all of our members' needs for many years to come. We could not be happier with how it turned out."

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