New Morning Church closes

New Morning Church has been a part of the Westonka community for four years. It will hold its final service on June 12. (Photo by Steve Hosmer)
New Morning Church has been a part of the Westonka community for four years. It will hold its final service on June 12. (Photo by Steve Hosmer)
After 30 years serving congregations from Colorado to New York to Minnesota, Pastor Barbara Hosmer has announced her retirement. She will be stepping down from the pulpit on June 12, 2016, the day of her last service at New Morning Church. At the same time, New Morning Church will be closing its doors after serving the Westonka community for four years.

Pastor Hosmer has relished her three decades in ministry, most especially getting to know the people of each congregation and being with them in life’s most joyous and most difficult times.

“In my ministry, I have tried to be faithful to Christ’s arms outstretched, welcoming and receiving all who came into His presence, without judgement,” Pastor Hosmer said. “As we grew New Morning Church, we made sure that our posture reflected Jesus’ posture and truly welcomed each and every one equally.”

New Morning Church was founded four years ago by Pastor Barbara Hosmer and Pastor Del Weeks along with a small congregation of people who wished to worship together. In the following four years, the congregation moved from the Langdon Bay Trading Post where it started, to the former Mound Bank building.

The congregation participated in local events including Dog Days and Spirit of the Lakes and actively supported local non-profits including WeCAN, WeCAB and the Food Shelf. One of the great joys of the congregation’s time together was the Friday night community dinners hosted by the congregation. For a year and a half, chef Jim Kruse, prepared a variety of delicious meals which were served restaurant style to any who wished to come and eat.

“We are very grateful for the many wonderful people that crossed our threshold and spent time with us,” said Steve Hosmer, Pastor Hosmer’s husband and the church musician. “Members of this congregation embraced this ministry with full hearts and there is no shortage of sadness at the loss of New Morning Church among its members.”

The last service will be held Sunday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m. at 2339 Commerce Boulevard in Mound. The community is invited to come to help celebrate four years of successful ministry.