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Trinity Lutheran's expansion goes beyond church walls

By Staff
NEW STEEPLE Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Philip Wottrich, left, and building committee chairman George Meyers pose for a photo outside the building, proudly displaying the new steeple. PHOTO BY KYLE CARTER / THE MERIDIAN STAR
By Ida Brown / religion editor
Oct. 9, 2004
In the midst of a two-year construction project at Trinity Lutheran Church, something changed besides the appearance of the Highway 39 North church.
It was the outcome the Rev. Philip Wottrich, pastor, had hoped for.
The church recently dedicated the completion of the project, the first of a three-phase expansion estimated to cost more than $1 million. Funding was primarily provided through the membership.
Labor of love
During the last two years, many workers have gathered at the church at 4805 Highway 39 N.
In addition to local contractors, workers have included Laborers for Christ, a group of dedicated retired Christian men and women who volunteer their retirement time to work for congregations, schools and organizations of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod World Mission.
The expansion project included the addition of a bathroom on the church's main floor. An elevator was added to accommodate the wheelchair-bound as well as those using walkers and canes, and a bell tower houses the elevator shaft.
The church's growing congregation, especially children in Sunday School, demanded additional classrooms. The narthex or church entry was expanded, as well as the balcony. Also, the pastor's office was moved from the basement to the front area of the church, and the secretary's office was expanded and upgraded.
The church's sanctuary remained untouched throughout the construction phase.
Beauty beyond walls
Although the construction project has made Trinity Lutheran Church more appealing on the outside, Miller said the real beauty lies within the church's walls.

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