The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


This is the church the people built

In Lisbon, Iowa, Seeds of Faith Lutheran is finally getting walls

For 10 years Seeds of Faith Lutheran, a mission congregation in Lisbon, Iowa, has billed itself as “a church without walls … built of people instead of bricks.” Until now.

Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church, Lisbon,
Seeds of Faith Lutheran Church, Lisbon, Iowa, is literally being built by the members.
Last September construction began on its church — with 75 percent of the congregation’s 175 members doing the work. The 6,720-square-foot building includes a worship area, education and fellowship wings, library and nursery, and was designed for expansion — it sits on four acres.

In 1999 the congregation began gathering in the Lisbon Community School lunchroom, then moved to Mount Vernon High School — even meeting in the band room. Summer worship was in the Mount Vernon city park pavilion — unless it rained (then they’d meet at the Presbyterian church). Currently, they’re gathering in the old Mount Vernon Middle School. They hope to be in their church in August.

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