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Gloom and doom for the church this Easter?


IT’S EASTER!  And most churches are experiencing low in-person attendance due to lingering concerns and at-home habits from the pandemic. IT’S EASTER!  And Millennial young adults are leaving the church at historic rates, compared to Gen Xers (“grunge rock!”) and Boomers (“classic rock!”). And yet – I’m thrilled. Thrilled and amazed at the ongoing impact of Jesus’ resurrection. And no, […]

Opening of church ‘almost feels miraculous’


DENVER — A new church recently held its first worship service at a newly constructed facility in Denver.  Lake Forest Church WestLake, 2204 St. James Church Road, officially opened its doors Aug. 22. The church has three other branches, with two in Huntersville and one in Davidson.  “It just feels like God’s kindness,” the Rev. Aron Gibson said about the […]

Fast-forward: 2021 will set course for future as growth continues

Here’s a look at just some of what’s on the way on the west side of Lake Norman in 2021:    Plan for parks, recreation in the works  At the beginning of the year, Denver residents will have to share their thoughts on what they would like to see changed at parks and recreation facilities in the area. County commissioners, […]

Long-discussed Davidson projects clear town board hurdles


DAVIDSON – Two proposed developments prominently discussed and reviewed for more than a year are steps closer to reality following town board procedures in late September. In a unanimous vote at their Sept. 22 session, Davidson commissioners approved the establishment of a conditional planning area for a multi-phase project proposed by Lake Forest Church at the southern edge of town […]

Lake Forest Church breaks ground at new site


On a rainy day in July, members of Lake Forest Church-WestLake celebrated the start of construction on a new house of worship.  The church, which has been gathering at Lincoln Charter School for services, raised more than $2 million for the project.  In 1998, Lake Forest Church began in Huntersville, where services were first held in a skating rink. There […]