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Church breaks ground for new sanctuary

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The congregation of St. Philip's Lutheran Church had a lot to celebrate on Sunday afternoon.

They celebrated the ongoing fund-raising success for the church addition, celebrated the beautiful weather and celebrated the expansion project as they broke ground for it on the southeast side of the property.

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"We're saying 'Yes' to God," said church pastor, the Rev. Ed Frederick. "Let us celebrate."

He noted, too, the fundraising goal for this phase had reached its initial goal as of Sunday.

Expansion committee co-chairs Glenda Schnirring and Steve Henrichs thanked everyone for the ongoing support.

St. Philip's was founded in May of 1967, as a mission church of the American Lutheran Church. Over the years it has added to its original building, giving it education and other utilitarian space. A larger and updated sanctuary has been its dream and goal. With the passage of time, prayer and dedicated financial support it is now scheduled to happen. Additional worship space for not only St. Philips' members but for new worshippers has been in an active stage of development for seven years.

The new space will be made up of a new narthex or receiving area, a sanctuary that will seat 400 worshippers, an expanded parking lot with additional access to the property off Pleasant Drive and an unfinished area for future administrative use.

Serving on the expansion Committee are Henrichs, Schnirring, Sherry and Bruce Akins, Lynn Arndt son, Gary and Sheri Betz, Terry Kochendorfer, Denny Kohn, and Bert Goderstad. The serving pastors of St. Philip's, senior Pastor Ed Frederick and associate Pastor David Wrightsman, serve as advisors.

Station 19 of Minneapolis designed the addition. Langer Construction of St. Paul will serve as general contractor.

Construction is expected to begin by the end on the month, with completion by next fall.

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