ANDOVER — Five years after planning an addition to its building, members of Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate its completion tomorrow.
Members will gather for only one service at 9:30 a.m. instead of the usual three, featuring Communion as well as music by the adult choir, contemporary praise band, adult bell choir and the children’s chime choir.
In addition, members who have contributed to the planning and building efforts will be recognized during worship. After the service, a procession will lead members to a dedication ceremony outside the church. There will be opportunities to tour the renovated church home, learn about the history of Faith Lutheran. A reception follows with games and a giant coffee hour.
The addition was going to be done in three phases, but the economic downturn made church members scale back, scraping plans to build a new sanctuary and restrooms. Instead, the renovation included 1,625 square feet of space that will include the fellowship, Christian education, youth group and storage space. The extension also includes a covered entrance and installation of sprinkler system throughout the entire church, two skylights in the foyer to help brighten the sanctuary and an air condition and heating split duct system.
“When we realized we could not afford it, we put our hopes and dreams aside and still everyone was behind the project,” said Roberta Ede, who along with her husband Tim Ede, co-chaired the Building Expansion Committee. Members voted unanimously for the plan.
“All of these changes are actually important for the life and events of the church,” said Susan Eliasen of Andover. “It’s not just a building, it’s our impact of the church community and the community at large.”
Eliasen joined the church more than six years ago.
“The fellowship and community has been welcoming from day one,” she said.