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Cedar Creek Church in Hayfield

For a long time, Hayfield residents could do their banking on East Main Street.

Today, a small church congregation, Cedar Creek Church, occupies that space. The Rev. Aaron de Neui has served the church since 2008. Their average Sunday 10 a.m. service attendance is 90, although just 22 members are voting partners.

This is an interdenominational church. A recent background showed its composition is 45 percent Lutheran, 16 percent Baptist, 10 percent Methodist, 13 percent Catholic, 3 percent each Church of Christ and Brethren, and 1 percent each Assembly of God and Free Methodist.

These are affiliated with the Baptist General Conference (also known as "Converge Worldwide").

This church didn't start in a log school house. Four area families had a vision for a new kind of outreach in the Hayfield community for sharing the love of Jesus. They started praying about it back in 1992, and did a lot of Bible study and demographic studies before calling for a pastor in the spring of 1996.

The call committee was made up of four Hayfield families, two from Bethel church in Owatonna, and one from Elim Baptist (now Oasis) church in Rochester. The first service meeting in a home was called Hayfield Community Church and a month later to the Hayfield High School.

The Rev. Paul Heppner became the first church leader in April 1998. The first public service for the newly named Cedar Creek Church was officially held January 24, 1999, in the high school and continued for eight years until the donated former bank building was renovated as the new church home. The grand opening was in March 2007.

The Sunday worship service usually lasts 60 to 75 minutes and is a place where you can feel comfortable, discovering and growing in your relationship with Jesus.

"We respect visitors by not singling them out or having them stand," said Pastor de Neui.

Sunday worship service includes a worship time with contemporary music from their "Praise Team," a teaching from God's Word, as well as monthly Communion and other occasional ministry such as baby dedications.

"You are welcome to bring your small children to our staffed nursery whenever you wish," de Neui said.

Cedar Creek encourages folks to bring coffee, juice or snacks. No offering plates are passed. Plates are spread throughout the Sanctuary for folks to make a monetary donation as they wish.

"Please do not feel any obligation to give. We want our worship service to be a gift to you" said de Neui.

After the service, you're invited to have a cup of coffee and mingle with others. The church has 185 members.

Its mission outreach is amazing. Here are just a few recipients: international missions among what were once called unreached people groups in the Philippines and India; and an HIV/AIDS ministry in Nigeria.

Cedar Creek Church is an interdenominational church affiliated with the Minnesota Baptist Conference and Converge Worldwide (the Baptist General Conference).

In addition to Pastor de Neui, their only other staff member is a part time assistant administrator, Gina Moser.

Their Mission statement reads: "Inspiring people to follow Jesus by embracing them to know, encouraging them to grow, equipping them to go."

The chuch is at 30 East Main St. in Hayfield. Phone: 507-477-2255.

Next week: Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron.

Harley Flathers is a 60-year radio broadcast veteran and is active as a sales account executive for Clear Channel's three Rochester stations. Got a comment for Harley? Send it to life@postbulletin.com or to Harley at Post-Bulletin, P.O. Box 6118, Rochester, MN 55903.

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