North Bend church nears completion
October 2, 2008 · Updated 1:44 PM
NORTH BEND - Built on the solid foundation of its members, Cascade Covenant Church's new building in North Bend represents a place its congregation can call home, as well as a base from which the church can expand its ministry.
Almost a year since breaking ground, the building is nearing completion. The nearly 13,000-square-foot facility is a far cry from the church's beginnings in 1989. It had only four members then: Pastor John Jenks and his wife, Ann, and Mac and Pat Cutchins.
"God is giving us a very unique opportunity and resource, as we hope we'll be able to use it for many, many years," Jenks said of the new building.
In the intervening years, Cascade Covenant Church has grown to more than 170 people attending weekly services. It rents the Si View Community Center for use on Sunday mornings, but without its own building, the junior- and senior-high youth groups must meet in local schools and in members' houses.
That will change once the building is finished, hopefully in March or April. When it is done, it will feature a multiuse sanctuary that can seat 300. Clear away the chairs and basketball games and other activities can be played on its rug-covered floor.
"You basically clear the floor and use it as a gym or use