Cerro Gordo County Iowa
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508 2nd Avenue North, Clear Lake
Lake Township, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

The first sermon ever presented in Clear Lake was preached by a Methodist minister, Elias Pattes in 1857. After the sermon was delivered, a Methodist group organized. The first Methodist church building, located on the corner of Main and 8th Streets was purchased in 1872. A parsonage was built on the present location in 1881. In 1883, the prsent church was built and dedicated the same year on October 15th. In 1895, the church was remodeled and enlarged to accommodate a growing congregation.

Mrs. Rose McIntosh presented the organ to the church in memory of her husband, Gilbert McIntosh. Her son, Arthur, presented the chimes to the church.

The largest pastorate was held by Rev. W. M. Hubbard.

Ground-breaking for a new church was held on July 24, 1955. The cornerstone was laid on October 9th of 1955. The first service and consecration of the new church was held on November 11, 1956, Rev. Wm. Noland, pastor. On June 21, 1957, the centennial year of the Methodist Church in Clear Lake, Dr. John E. DeLong was appointed pastor.

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Original Church

Confirmation Class

Confirmation Class

The Methodist Camp at Clear Lake was established in 1850 for people of all ages. Located on the camp grounds are parks, walking and bicycle trails and a golf course.

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Entrance to Camp Grounds

Baker Auditorium
Camp Grounds

Tabernacle, Camp Grounds

Knoer Lodge

Bell & Dorms

Epworth League Building

Methodist Camp Docks

Tabernacle, ca. 1939

Bathing Beach

Methodist Camp Docks, 1963

Pearson Hall

Methodist Camp

DRIVING DIRECTIONS to CHURCH: Take exit 193 off Interstate 35, and go west approximately 1.5 miles to the stop sign by Lincoln Schoo at the corner of 4th Avenue South & South 8th Street. Turn north (right) and proceed to the 2nd set of stop lights located at the corner of North 8t Street & 2nd Avenue. Turn left and proceed 1.5 blocks. The church is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue N. & N. 6th Street, opposite of the Clear Lake Fire Muweum. Main entrance is the single glass door near the flag pole & parking lot on 2nd Avenue N. The Handicap entrance and elevator are located at the north entrance.

Submission by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2011; updated November of 2013



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