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Church settling in to its new home in Elburn

ELBURN – Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church moved in August into St. Gall Church’s former building, 200 N. Main St., Elburn , and began worshipping there at the beginning of October and joined in the festivities during the Elburn Christmas Stroll at the end of November.

The church’s minister, The Rev. Jim Megchelsen, and its members are settling into their new town.

He said the congregation has already taken on a night to volunteer at the Elburn and Countryside Food Pantry. He has joined the Elburn Chamber of Commerce, and he and his family have moved into the rectory.

“The people in the community have been very welcoming,” Megchelsen said.

Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, founded in the late 1990s, is the daughter church of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton.

The Orthodox Presbyterian Church is one of the smaller Presbyterian denominations. Megchelsen describes it as a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, theologically conservative and Christ-centered church. Members believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and because of this, the scripture is accurate without error.

The congregation has held its services in several places prior to its most recent meeting place at the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove.

The congregation of 85 regular attendees comes from the greater Fox Valley area and has been meeting at the school for the past three years.

“It’s a great building,” Megchelsen said of St. Gall’s former campus. “After worshipping in school cafeterias and park district gymnasiums, we’re excited to have a building of our own.”

Once the congregation installed new windows, painted and carpeted the sanctuary, worshippers were able to begin using space a few Sundays before Christmas.

“We were very thankful for that,” Megchelsen said.

Several people from the community who had stopped by during the Christmas Stroll came back for the Christmas Eve service. Although the lights in the sanctuary went out during the service due to a power outage on the block, the candlelight service continued without a hitch.

The church is hoping people from the community will join them during the first weekend of February, when the church will hold a dedication of the building Feb. 2, an open house Feb. 3 and a celebration service Feb. 4.

“We’re very, very thankful that God has provided us this opportunity,” he said. “We’re beginning to let people know we’re here.”

Regular church services take place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, with a Bible study class at 5:30 p.m.

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