On the last Sunday of June, Taylor Lutheran Church Welcomed the surrounding community to an open house and service of re-dedication . This event was the culmination of over a year's work in getting this project done.
In early 2013, it became abundantly clear that the building itself was barrier for people to be a part of the worship and fellowship in our building. Two of our long time members (94 and 101 years old) passed away, and family members were able to attend anything that could take place at our building. We started asking questions and started getting answers that helped us to see that adding accessibility would not be an insurmountable obstacle. After months of study and prayer, the congregation decided to make the necessary changes so that people of every ability would be able to be among us. Work on the building started in November 2013. We spent most of the Lenten season in our basement fellowship hall as renovations were done on the sanctuary. By Palm Sunday, we gathered again for the first time in our sanctuary. The last piece of work to be done was to add accessibility to our bathrooms, which was finished by the end of May 2014.
Big thank yous need to be given out to people who helped make this all a reality. Thank you to All Star Elevator Company out of Fall Creek, WI for doing superb work, and making sure that things were done right. Thank you to Simmons Construction for all the work you did to help renovate our sanctuary. Thank you to Killian's for the wonderful new carpet. Thank you to the WELCA of Taylor Lutheran for the means to get that carpet replaced. Thank you to the Iverson Trust for funding all the sanctuary renovations. Thank you to the French Creek Lutheran Foundation for your generous gift to help get this project started. Thank you to the Arlene and Gordon Gunderson and Family for the generous gift that got this all off the ground. Thank you to everyone who has shown such amazing generosity that truly does help our building become a much more welcoming place. And thanks be to God for continuing to show us grace and abundance that calls to welcome our neighbor.