Koronis Ministries’ new Tabernacle moved one step closer to reality in May when the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota United Methodist Church gave unanimous approval of this proposed meeting place.“We couldn’t be happier with the level of support we felt from the trustees,” said Dan Ziegler, Koronis Ministries’ Executive Director. “They seemed genuinely pleased with the project, and what it represents for the churches of Minnesota. In fact, after they voted their approval, they broke out in spontaneous applause!”
The proposal is for a multi-level gathering space overlooking Lake Koronis. It includes a 300-seat state-of-the-art meeting room on the upper floor, and an unfinished lower level “roughed out” for a future dining room. It will be built on the site of the old Tabernacle, which was dismantled in 2015. The estimated cost for the new structure is $2 million. Currently almost $1.6 million has been committed, including funds given by friends of Koronis, as well as proceeds from the sale of Camp Kingswood.
Koronis Ministries has committed to the trustees that they will not take on long-term debt to fund the project. Thus, to raise the remaining $400,000, the camp has launched a final fundraising push, appealing to the United Methodist Churches of Minnesota to give “S’more for camp” in special summertime offering.
Plans are moving forward, in faith, for a 2 PM Labor Day groundbreaking ceremony. Bishop Bruce Ough plans to be among the dignitaries in attendance for the celebration. All are invited!