Lauren and Silas Apple have three children—(from left) Ansley, 5; Henry, 1; and Ella, 3. The family resides in Chilton.
Lauren and Silas Apple have three children—(from left) Ansley, 5; Henry, 1; and Ella, 3. The family resides in Chilton.

City Church already has been serving the greater New Holstein area for months but now it is ready to take its next step in service this Sunday, March 6 when it begins weekly worship services each Sunday at 10 a.m.
The church is located on Plymouth Street across from New Holstein High School.

Husband and wife Silas and Lauren Apple are serving as the co-pastors of City Church. Silas’ father Chuck is pastor of City Church in Sheboygan which has helped get the New Holstein church re-established, but they emphasized that City Church in New Holstein will be standing on its own.
Doing things a little differently has already been a hallmark of City Church in New Holstein. Even prior to holding services last year the church hosted a free sports clinic for local youths and a tribute to police, firefighters, and other public servants under the theme “Love Your City.”
“Whatever needs are in the community are important to us and we want to work on them,” Chuck said.

Christ-focused church
Yet City Church also emphasizes tenets important to other Christian churches. They said they simply want to show the love of Jesus Christ by being family focused, being an accepting community, performing strategic outreach, and empowering leadership.
They said they put Jesus and the practicality of the word of God at the forefront. Lauren said, “God has a plan and purpose for you. God wants to speak to you and wants to use you.... We believe that there’s a church for everybody.”
Lauren added that the words “healing” and “hope” are heard often at City Church. Silas and Lauren take turns delivering a message at City Church worship services, but there also is time during the service for connecting with others in attendance. “We tell people, ‘Leave slowly,’” Lauren said, encouraging further Christian fellowship even after the service is done.
To contribute to what they would like to be a comfortable, welcoming church, the Apple family and other members have been busy over the last six months refurbishing the building inside and out. A new sign is out front along with a new front sidewalk making the building handicapped accessible.

(Please see the March 3 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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