Lake Geneva Church Holds Grand Opening Worship Service

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LAKE GENEVA, WI (December 9, 2003)  – Anchor Covenant Church hosted its grand  opening worship service last Sunday at the YMCA of Lake Geneva as 87  attended, including Central Conference associate superintendent Jolene  Bergstrom Carlson.

Pastor Ryan Eikenbary-Barber said that the church has coordinated a  house-to-house mailing for 15,000 households in the area and 200  handwritten invitations were sent out to friends and neighbors by  parishioners. Eikenbary-Barber has been the senior pastor at the church  since March – he was previously associate pastor at Bethlehem  Evangelical Covenant Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been a great ministry,” said Eikenbary-Barber of  his initial months at Anchor Covenant. “I’ve learned this ministry  demands an absolute and utter dependence on God, but it’s been wonderful.”

The church of 50 has tried to get the word out about upcoming activities  via a church newsletter during the past two years as it has grown from a  Bible study group into a congregation. Karen Hinz, the chaplain at  nearby Covenant Harbor Bible Camp, was an integral part of the beginning  stages of the church plant.

Anchor Covenant had a float in the Lake Geneva Christmas Parade on  December 6 as a way to provide last minute information about the new  congregation, said a recent church newsletter. Preview services and  summer Sunday morning services at Covenant Harbor also attracted as many  as 120, said Eikenbary-Barber. The congregation will focus on small  group ministry in the coming months, he added.

The church will host a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight worship service  at the YMCA, located at 203 Wells Street in Lake Geneva. For more  information, call Eikenbary-Barber at 262-907-6888 or check the church’s  website at

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