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A new beginning for First Lutheran

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Staff members of First Lutheran Church in Alexandria take their turn at shoveling first at the site where the new First Lutheran Church will be built. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 5
Pastor Greg Billberg addresses the large crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new First Lutheran Church. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 3 / 5
During the groundbreaking ceremony for the new First Lutheran Church, kids got in on the shoveling action with a dirt pile just for them. (Celeste Edenloff) 4 / 5
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Pastor Greg Billberg told the large crowd that gathered at the site of the new First Lutheran Church that it takes a village to raise a church. 

Billberg was among several people who spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new church Sunday afternoon. A new First Lutheran Church will soon be built along County Road 46 (South McKay Avenue), near Woodland Elementary School. 

First Lutheran Church was incorporated in 1872 with the very first church built in 1876 at the present location, 822 Douglas Street in Alexandria. The new church will be the fourth building project in 142 years. The current church was built in 1950 - 68 years ago. 

After thanking everyone for attending the ceremony, Pastor Billberg said, "Today, God is seeing our vision for a new church here at this location and we couldn't be more blessed." 

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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