The opportunity could so easily have been missed.
In 2004, First Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, S.D., undertook an ambitious project to construct a “campus for Christ” on its downtown property. This involved remodeling and a major addition to the congregation’s education building. It also included a new atrium between the education wing and the main building.
That atrium sparked the idea. To install supports for the atrium, builders had to excavate and refill the hole. But Herb Mikkelson, then head of the building committee, had another idea. He determined that for about the same cost a concrete floor could be poured at the bottom of the hole and the space, slightly below basement level, could be used by the congregation.
|At First Lutheran, Sioux Falls, S.D., a church woodshop has not only saved the church thousands of dollars but given some men a new sense of ministry. Here, Norm Ekeland cuts wood while Elmer Sorensen (back, left), Ron Erkes and Larry Anderson work on other projects.|
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