An important mission of any Christian church is to educate its members on the Bible and the Christian way of life.
Besides worship space, room is needed for believers to assemble for instruction in the faith.
More space for Christian education for children, teens and adults has been an issue for nearly 25 years at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS), Louis Corners. Its spiritual leader the past 17 years, Pastor Theodore Olsen, says the time has come to put an addition to the church and hall answering this need.
The project will begin sometime in April and conclude in mid-August. During the construction, Bible class and Sunday school will be suspended. There will be no Vacation Bible School (VBS) but children will be encouraged to participate in the VBS program at Trinity Lutheran Church/School on Cemetery Road in Kiel.
Seventeen years ago the church’s front entrance was redone providing considerable room for members of the congregation to assemble before and after services. The pastor’s office stands off to the side. An elevator allows handicapped persons to be transported from that lower level to the nave of the church. Over that 17-year period the steeple was reconditioned, the chancel remodeled, the basement rewired, the pipe organ replaced during the church’s 125th anniversary year, and the church’s roof replaced.
Now, 3,000 square foot of space is being added to the north side of the church. ACE, a design-build firm from Manitowoc, is the contractor. Besides space dedicated for religious instruction and Church Council and the women’s organization meetings, the building project will include a new kitchen and bathrooms. There will be an entrance from the outside at grade level eliminating the need for a wheelchair lift.
The church was first built in 1883. It currently has 180 baptized members. Weekly attendance has recently grown from an average of 60 to 65 to 70 to 75 members. Pastor Olsen said the church is experiencing a growing younger population.
To meet the expense of the building project the church members have embraced a renewed understanding and commitment to the Christian stewardship elements of time, talents and treasures. “The percentage of one’s offering should be a good representation of our thanks to God for the blessings He pours out on us day after day,” said Pastor Olsen.