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'Lego' to church

Pastor's hobby works as evangelism

For Stuart Dornfeld, the 60 hours of work he put into constructing a 12,000-piece Lego replica of the congregation he serves—Emanuel Lutheran, Brandon, Wis.—was a small price to pay: The pastor knows it attracted attention.

The plastic replica of Emanuel Lutheran
The plastic replica of Emanuel Lutheran Church constructed from 12,000 Lego pieces draws real people to visit the congregation, says the builder and pastor, Stuart Dornfeld.
Since the Fond du Lac (Wis.) Reporter first reported on his plastic parish in early July, the story has been picked up by the Associated Press and distributed to news outlets nationwide. “A radio station in Texas called me, and St. Louis called me. It’s like, ‘I’m doing an interview tomorrow morning about this silly little Lego thing?’ It’s kind of insane,” Dornfeld said.

The pastor learned of his creation’s unexpected drawing power when reading the comments on a blog that had run with the article.

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