The construction project that Windsor Heights Lutheran Church launched at the end of 2013 has finally entered its final stage and is expected to be completed by Aug. 24. This project includes the construction of a new fellowship hall at the west of the original church building in addition to renovation works within the existing church building.
For years, the congregation had considered adding an additional parish building due to insufficient space for activities and gatherings. Besides, the church’s facilities had not been updated since the 1970s. The plan was finally put into action last year with the effort and support given by the church’s members and the community.
Besides improving the existing facilities, lead pastor Chris Olkiewicz says the church is hoping to create a more welcoming environment to the larger community. The new fellowship hall will be able to accommodate larger parties for group and organization gatherings, as well as meetings, in addition to activities hosted by the church.
“It is a desire to reach out more to the community. It was a major motivating factor behind the project,” Olkiewicz explains.
To celebrate the completion of the project, the congregation will have a service of dedication on Aug. 24 following the regular Sunday worship service. It is primarily a religious ceremony dedicated to members of the church, but everyone is welcomed to participate.
Bishop Michael Burk, bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, will join the worship that morning. The event will continue with a brief service of dedication of the new facilities, as well as a popular annual summer event — a hog roast. Tours of new facilities will be available through the afternoon.
The church will have a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. While the dedication is primarily for church members, the ribbon cutting ceremony is an official community celebration meant for everyone. There will be games and treats for children from 3-5 p.m., as well as a free ice cream social for anyone who is interested to have a tour of the facilities. The mayor of Windsor Heights will also make an appearance in the ceremony.