WAVERLY | A groundbreaking for a $4 million addition to St. Paul's Lutheran Church was held Sunday morning.
Congregants in attendance helped to turn the sod by pulling an old-fashioned plow. The new structure will connect the existing worship center and parish hall with St. Paul's Lutheran School across the street.
A key element of the new facility will be a large gathering space and hospitality center featuring a cathedral ceiling. It will be in the center of what is now Second Avenue NW, a block-long section of street purchased by the 142-year-old congregation from the city of Waverly.
The Rev. Curt Schneider said the congregation was making a statement to the community by remaining at its present location, rather than starting fresh at a new construction site.
“As a church and school, we want to remain at the core of the community," he said.
Other features of the addition include seven new classrooms, eight new offices, a small chapel and a larger, remodeled kitchen.
The first phase of new construction, which begins this month, will be to add parking north of the present parish hall and to improve parking behind the worship center. By fall, construction will have begun on the new building itself.
Peters Construction of Waterloo has been hired to complete the project. Design work was provided by AHTS Architects, also of Waterloo.