CROSSLAKE -- Clarence and Edna Sargent, members of First Presbyterian Church in Osakis, recently delivered a "box of rocks" to Crosslake Presbyterian Church.
More than 120 members of the Osakis church collected the 149 rocks. They were donated to the Crosslake church to use in construction of its new building near Homestead Housing at the north end of town.
One of the architectural features of the Crosslake Presbyterian Church building is fieldstone across the front from window height to ground level. The Crosslake Presbyterian congregation has been collecting football-sized rocks since last fall and asked for additional help with the project from other churches within the Presbytery.
The response has been outstanding, with donations arriving from organized congregational efforts, individuals, area residents and from anonymous donors. The church estimates it has one-third of the rocks needed for construction, and worship is expected to begin in the church building in the fall.
Since the Osakis delivery, First Presbyterian Church of Pipestone sent a sample of red layered rock found around Pipestone. Westminster Presbyterian in Worthington, a strong supporter of the Crosslake congregation's endeavors since its beginnings, also brought a load of rocks.
The First Presbyterian Church of Foley donated a load of rocks its members collected. On "Rock and Roll Day" the Foley congregation offered a prayer for the Crosslake church during worship, and that afternoon deposited its gifts in Crosslake with the help of a dump truck and several cars.
Individuals and area congregations of all denominations are invited to participate in collecting the remaining two-thirds of the rocks. For additional information, contact the Rev. Roger Grussing at Crosslake Presbyterian Church, (218) 692-4769.
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