Faith Lutheran celebrates completion of building project

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On Sunday, Jan. 26, Paul and Sheila Steiner of Waconia, front row, along with members of their family and members of the Faith Lutheran Church congregation, gather for a special program that marked the recent completion of a major building project at Faith Lutheran in Waconia. The Steiners provided a significant financial gift towards the new fellowship hall and as a result, the hall has been named Steiner Hall in their honor. (Submitted photo)

A special celebration was held to mark the completion of a major building and renovation project at Faith Lutheran Church in Waconia on Sunday, Jan. 26.
The project included the complete redesign and renovation of the church’s education building and the construction of a new fellowship hall and administration building that links the education building to the rest of the campus. The project began with a groundbreaking ceremony last May and work was finished on Jan. 15.
The redesigned education building features 20 classrooms along with several other spaces, including a large multi-purpose room. The building also received new windows, doors and roofing.
The new fellowship hall and administration building is located on the western side of the property and adds approximately 7,000 square feet of new space to the campus.
The fellowship hall, which is connected to the church’s sanctuary, features high ceilings and offers seating for 225 people. The administration building, also being called the “link building,” features office space and a new reception area, library, kitchen and fireside room.
On Sunday, Faith held a dedication ceremony during a morning church service that featured a sermon by the Rev. Terry Morehouse of Waconia, who served as Faith’s pastor from 1969 to 1980. Later in the day, the community was invited to an open house that featured a program, reception and tours of the campus.
The project cost approximately $2.1 million with funding coming from a successful capital campaign.
Paul and Sheila Steiner of Waconia provided a significant financial gift towards that allowed for the completion of the new fellowship hall and as a result, the hall has been named “Steiner Hall” in their honor. In addition, a major gift from an anonymous donor was provided to finish the new kitchen portion of the project.
“Members of Faith are excited to have these new and renovated facilities to expand and enhance our mission for our members and those beyond our walls,” said the Rev. Dale Peterson, the senior pastor at Faith Lutheran. “We invite members of the community to stop in and look around.”
Faith Lutheran is no stranger to major building projects.
In 1970, the 141 member congregation of Faith Lutheran made its home in the Isaak Walton League building near the shores of Lake Waconia. Only seven years later, Faith Lutheran had grown to about 600 members and moved to its current home on Waconia Parkway N. In 1991, the church added a new sanctuary. Unfortunately, that space ended up having mold problems and was replaced by the current sanctuary in 2004.
Faith Lutheran currently has about 570 families in its congregation. To learn more about Faith Lutheran, visit www.waconiafaithlutheran.com.

Contact Todd Moen at todd.moen@ecm-inc.com

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