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Growing by God’s Grace supports these strategic ministries. The first priority is to install new audio/ visual equipment before the 175th anniversary celebration in May 2014. The next priority is to complete the school’s second floor and the gymnasium accessibility by August of 2014. The third priority is to begin church exterior repairs, interior renovation, and narthex construction after the 175th anniversary celebration in May 2015.

The cost estimate is just over $2.9 million. We believe that our campaign goal of $2.5 million and the phased projects are attainable “by God’s grace.”

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To accomplish the vision the Lord has brought before us, the church has endorsed a capital campaign...

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Removing the bad portion of the north roof

Removing the bad portion of the north roof

West side

West side

West side

West side

New church attic access door

New church attic access door

West side

West side

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North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

North side reroofing. Shows process of moving materials

Work begins on the south side of the church roof

Work begins on the south side of the church roof

Work begins on the south side of the church roof

Work begins on the south side of the church roof

Work begins on the south side of the church roof

Work begins on the south side of the church roof

“Many people have not had the chance to see the interior of the church attic. The following pictures show the infrastructure above the church sanctuary.  The work that was done so very many years ago was impressive and monumental in those days.”

Shows a similar beam to the previous that is intact with the brick wall

Shows a similar beam to the previous that is intact with the brick wall

Shows a similar beam to the previous that is intact with the brick wall

Shows a similar beam to the previous that is intact with the brick wall

This support beam is dislodged from the brick

This support beam is dislodged from the brick

SW corner—note where the large beam meets the brick exterior wall

SW corner—note where the large beam meets the brick exterior wall

Inside the attic itself

Inside the attic itself

Inside the attic itself

Inside the attic itself

Inside the attic itself

Inside the attic itself

Turnbuckle used to adjust

Turnbuckle used to adjust

Catwalk that extends from the east to west walls

Catwalk that extends from the east to west walls

The view of the attic from the small opening

The view of the attic from the small opening

The view of the attic from the small opening

The view of the attic from the small opening

Entering the church attic

Entering the church attic

The ladder shown would take a person even higher in the north tower. Note the small opening on the opposite wall. Until the door was installed this fall on the SW exterior, this was the only entrance into that attic.

The ladder shown would take a person even higher in the north tower. Note the small opening on the opposite wall. Until the door was installed this fall on the SW exterior, this was the only entrance into that attic.

Looking down from the previous opening

Looking down from the previous opening

Ladder extended into the opening at the upper stairwell level of the north tower

Ladder extended into the opening at the upper stairwell level of the north tower

View of basement showing the completed support plates beneath the columns

View of basement showing the completed support plates beneath the columns

Jacking mechanism made to raise the columns

Jacking mechanism made to raise the columns

Jacking mechanism made to raise the columns

Jacking mechanism made to raise the columns

New replacement plate

New replacement plate

Lifting of the columns to do replacement

Lifting of the columns to do replacement

original bases after removal

original bases after removal

Deteriorated column bases

Deteriorated column bases

Deteriorated column bases

Deteriorated column bases

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Pastor Lee Hagan dedicated the completed bym access ramp. A plaque was placed at the top of the ramp. “Dedicated June 7, 2015 to the Glory of God and for the help of His people”

Pastor Lee Hagan dedicated the completed bym access ramp. A plaque was placed at the top of the ramp.
“Dedicated June 7, 2015 to the Glory of God and for the help of His people”

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Congregational members enjoyed viewing the progress and future projects of the congregation.

Congregational members enjoyed viewing the progress and future projects of the congregation.

Proposed but not yet approved is a new narthex to provide for the needs of our congregation yet maintain the aesthetic qualities of our grand structure.

Proposed but not yet approved is a new narthex to provide for the needs of our congregation yet maintain the aesthetic qualities of our grand structure.

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New steel plates replaced the original below the columns supporting the church proper.

New steel plates replaced the original below the columns supporting the church proper.

The second floor of the new school building along with a new home for the His Little Lambs Education Center was completed in 2013-14. The gym received a new floor, the stage was reopened and a gym access ramp was completed.

The second floor of the new school building along with a new home for the His Little Lambs Education Center was completed in 2013-14. The gym received a new floor, the stage was reopened and a gym access ramp was completed.

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The south church steeple, damaged in a weather even in March, 2014, was repaired as well as additional supportive bracing being installed in the bell tower.

The south church steeple, damaged in a weather even in March, 2014, was repaired as well as additional supportive bracing being installed in the bell tower.

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The journey began on “First Fruits Sunday” in June , 2014. An old church replica “Giving Box” was presented to the congregation. A bare “Growing by God’s Grace living tree” representing all proposed projects will come to life as Growing by God’s Grace gifts are received. Mark Petersen, representing the Facility Committee completed the sound system branch.

The journey began on “First Fruits Sunday” in June , 2014. An old church replica “Giving Box” was presented to the congregation. A bare “Growing by God’s Grace living tree” representing all proposed projects will come to life as Growing by God’s Grace gifts are received. Mark Petersen, representing the Facility Committee completed the sound system branch.

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“Growing By God’s Grace”
Third Quarter Report

Three quarters of the way through our first year of the Capital Campaign and we have seen great things. A new sound system with many new possibilities for outreach has been completed, as has the second floor of the new school building. A much needed handicap ramp has been put into place along with a new gym floor. Repair and maintenance on our south steeple, while an unplanned venture has also been completed.
This quarter we focus on our His Little Lambs Education Center (HLLEC). A continuation of the His Little Lambs Child Development Center started in 2002, HLLEC has found a permanent new home in the lower level of the south school building and continues reaching out to our members and many others within the community.
In observance of the Week of the Young Child, we focus on how young minds grow and develop and celebrate this exciting learning process in our midst. Following are some testimonials from both members and non-member of St. Paul’s Lutheran congregation:

Testimonials
“HLLEC is a great program for kids and parents. Kids are blessed with a Christian education by qualified teachers who go above and beyond! Parents have the peace of mind knowing their children are being well taken care of with scheduling that works.” –Nonmember Parents
“Communication with the teachers at HLLEC has far exceeded my expectations. Entrusting anyone but yourself with the care of your child is a nerve wracking decision for any parent. HLLEC makes this critical life transition a smooth one. We love Mrs. Jostes and Mrs. Hess!”–Nonmember Parents
“It is a tremendous blessing to have teachers that share their love of Jesus with our child everyday. My child asks many questions. I love knowing that our child is able to ask questions about Jesus, his faith, the death of grandparents, etc… and have a caring Christian teacher able to respond to our child and support what is being taught in our home.” Member Parents
“We love the all the options provided by the HLLEC extended care. It is nice to have some consistency for our child when school is not in session, and we are unable to stay home with our child.”- Member Parents

Total “Growing By God’s Grace” Gifts
Third Quarter Report
$654418

Completed Projects
Sound and video system $86,700
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds and the Hink Estate*)

Church Steeple $283900
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds, home improvement fund, insurance proceeds, and steeple repair fund)

School Second Floor & His Little Lambs Education Center $502,500
(Fully funded: Includes furnishing expense. Resources were campaign funds, Brandt estate, and HLL donations)

Handicap Ramp $82,500
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds and the handicap ramp fund)

Gym floor $59,100
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds)

Approved future projects

Church exterior (roof, tuckpointing,etc) $234,800 projected
(Bid process is underway to begin this portion later in 2015)

Pending projects

Church interior $339,600 projected
(Supporting columns and plates in the basement have already been repaired)
Narthex and parking lot improvements $1,800,000 projected

*Hink Estate funds recommended to be paid back at a later date
**Projected costs are current approximate estimates

“Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
For His mercy endureth forever…”Psalm 107:1 (KJV)

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VIRTUAL TOUR OF BELL TOWER & STEEPLE

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First level with removable door on the floor to allow access for items to be moved up and down as needed for maintenance from narthex level

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New fiberglass ladder
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Ladder to second level
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Shows the size of original solid steel rod supports
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New laminated veneer lumber (LVL) boards used to replace previous ones that hold the 1 1/2″ rods supporting the steeple
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Shows support beam that holds steeple on the second floor
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20′ ladder provides access to third level
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Shows ladder transition on second level to third level

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New wood framing supports & ladder from first to second level
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Original connecting link for rods that support the steeple
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New ladder on third level provides access to bell floor
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Close up of church bell
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Support anchored into the exterior of the steeple
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Note brown steel pipe that now supports the steeple
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Church bell
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Angle iron bracing
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Pipe and threaded collar used to raise the steeple to orginal level (approx. 4” raise)
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New LVL bracing
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New LVL bracing
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New LV bracing with bolts and angle iron to hold brick in place
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New LV bracing with bolts and angle iron to hold brick in place
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New LV bracing with bolts and angle iron to hold brick in place
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New bracing – note the deterioration of the bricks
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New cross bracing
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More evidence of settling and deterioration of brick
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Looking down on new bracing
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Looking down on new bracing
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Looking up
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New pipe and angle iron supporting steeple
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See new supporting pipe in the center
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Angle bracing
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Angle bracing
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Angle bracing
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Church bell

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VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE SCHOOL
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Grade 3
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Grade 4
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Grade 4
Oct 2014 100
1st Grade
Oct 2014 101
1st Grade
Oct 2014 103
Entry to Grade 2
Oct 2014 104
Kindergarten
Oct 2014 105
Preschool
Oct 2014 106
Mrs. Hess’s entry and classroom
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Mrs. Hess’s entry and classroom
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3 year old preschool
Oct 2014 112
3 year old preschool
Oct 2014 113
3 year old preschool
Oct 2014 114
3 year old preschool
Oct 2014 117
Art room
Oct 2014 119
Art room
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Resource room – Mrs. Wing
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Resource room – Mrs. Wing
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Resource room – Mrs. Self
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Resource room – Mrs. Self
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Library entrance and interior
Oct 2014 128
Library entrance and interior
Oct 2014 130
Music room
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Music room
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Gymnasium
Oct 2014 136
Gymnasium
Oct 2014 141
Gymnasium
Oct 2014 142
His Little Lambs Education Center entrance & sign
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His Little Lambs Education Center entrance & sign

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“Growing By God’s Grace”
Second Quarter Report

To say that we live in exciting times, just sometimes doesn’t adequately truly describe them
. We have been very blessed here at St. Paul’s as 2014 saw many exciting things.

Last quarter we talked about the ministry that the new sound system is and will provide to so many,
in so many ways.

While not planned, the south steeple saw some major structural improvement—we can once again hear the church bell ring and enter through any of the church doors.

The installation of the handicap entrance to our parish hall was long overdue and we are so very happy that we can now be more accommodating of those needing this improvement.

Our athletes are taking to the floor on a beautiful new floor that is not only safe and functional—
but attractive.

September saw the opening of the new school year and our His Little Lambs Education Center—
And not only did our students return for the new school year—
They returned to new and/or reburbished classrooms and specialty instruction rooms!

For a virtual tour, go to our website, www.growingbygodsgrace.com and see the teachers and students in action on that first day of school.

Coming soon! Our virtual tour of the inside of the church steeple—have never seen the bell??? Here’s your chance! Watch the Messenger and we’ll let you know when it’s up.

God is Good. Let us rejoice and be glad in Him!

Total “Growing By God’s Grace Gifts
Second Quarter Report
$511910

Completed Projects
Sound and video system $86,700
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds and the Hink Estate*)

Church Steeple $283900
(Paid in full: Resources were campaign funds, home improvement fund, and steeple repair fund-Note: a line of credit was taken out for $250,000 to be able to meet immediate expenses—to date $110,000 has already been repaid)

School Second Floor & His Little Lambs Education Center $501,000
(Fully funded: Includes furnishing expense. Resources were campaign funds, Brandt estate, and HLL donations)

Handicap Ramp $82,500
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds and the handicap ramp fund)

Gym floor $59,100
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds)

Approved future projects

Church exterior (roof, tuckpointing,etc) $234,800 projected

Pending projects

Church interior $339,600 projected

Narthex and parking lot improvements $1,800,000 projected

*Hink Estate funds recommended to be paid back at a later date
**Projected costs are current approximate estimates

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“Built on the Rock, the Church shall stand
Even when steeples are falling….” (from LSB #645)

Those words held new meaning for the members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church after a weather event in March of this year caused some bricks to fall from the tallest steeple.

After examination, it was determined that while a weather event had sparked the falling bricks, there had been several inches of settling in the last 100 plus years as well as some normal deterioration and aging. After much deliberation and effort by many people, a plan for restoration was put into place.

The steeple, our house of worship and a local landmark, has been successfully repaired. New bracing on the interior was installed and the steeple itself was shored up several inches. Then work began on repairing the brick edifice on all four sides. The cement bands around the steeple have also been restored.

The street barriers, orange cones, and yellow tape are now gone and we once again can enjoy the wonders of what an earlier generation envisioned and built for worship.

The structural engineer was very pleased and stated that we can expect the steeple to be around for generations to come.

Thanks be to God for blessing this congregation with dedicated men, women and skilled craftsmen whose God given talents could restore His house. Many thanks also to the committed members of St. Paul’s that have supported this project with their gifts.

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“Growing By God’s Grace”
First Quarter Report

The first project undertaken in our “Growing By God’s Grace” efforts was the new sound and video system. The sound has enhanced the worship experience for many and the live video feed into the narthex allows ushers and those who might have needed to step out, to continue to be a part of the service. Each week’s sermon is now also on the church’s website. It is possible to record special services and events (like weddings, etc). There is a lot of potential for this system that will continue to grow in use.

From our members…
“Since the church has upgraded it’s audio equipment my ability to hear our services has improved tremendously. I am in my early thirties with substantial hearing loss to both of my ears, which requires me to wear hearing aides. The clarity of the new system is great, I can worship and enjoy the services without any strain of trying to figure out what is being said. I have benefitted personally from this new system and am very thankful for it.”

“Being partially deaf in one ear, the new Sanctuary sound system is a great improvement. It has eliminated the need for my family to recap the announcements after each service! Thank you!”

“Before the new sound system I relied on the personal hearing devices to hear the church services especially when the choir sang and I sat in the balcony. Now I am able to hear the service without any additional aids.”

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for all that you have blessed us with and for the outpouring of love, support, and generosity that are helping us in our efforts to share Your love with others. May these earthly facilities, with which you have entrusted us, provide us the tools we need to effectively preach, teach, and reach out to others with the love of Christ. In His name we pray. Amen

Total “Growing By God’s Grace Gifts
First Quarter Report
$354,036.44

Completed and Ongoing Projects
Sound and video system $86,300
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds and the Hink Estate*)

Church Steeple $177,000
(Fully funded: Resources were campaign funds, home improvement fund, and steeple repair fund)

Second Floor of the new school building &
His Little Lambs Education Center $522,600 projected
(63 % funded: Resources were campaign funds, Brandt Estate, and HLL previous donations)

Handicap Ramp & Canopy $92,500 projected
(Canopy currently pending)
(24% funded: Resources were campaign funds and the handicap ramp fund)

Gym floor $54,900 projected
(Resources will be campaign funds)

Approved future projects

Church exterior (roof, etc) $234,800 projected
Church interior $339,600 projected

Pending project

Narthex and parking lot improvements $1,800,000 projected

*Hink Estate funds recommended to be paid back at a later date
–Projected costs are current approximate estimates as billing is not final

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“Growing by God’s Grace” campaign gets a jump start!

Sunday, June 1, 2014 was First Fruits Sunday at St. Paul’s. It represented the beginning of a journey toward completing all the many wonderful things that are being planned to take place in the next three years. All of these projects will then, with God’s help, be able to continue to move us into the future of our ministry.

Commitments to the “Growing by God’s Grace” campaign have totaled over $1.7 million and the response to presenting our first fruits—or a first offering toward our efforts—yielded just under $104,000.

With this year being our 175th Anniversary, it is appropriate that our theme is
“Grateful for our Past and Confident in our Future”!

To help us visualize our progress, a “Giving Tree” was created. The trunk of the tree represents St. Paul’s and the current ministry and facilities that we have in use. Each limb represents one of the projects that we are hoping to accomplish. Each leaf represents an amount of money that has been received for that particular project. As commitment dollars are received, we will bring this tree to life.

A special donations “box” has been placed in the narthex. It is shaped like an old church. Please feel free to drop your donations, commitments or commitment increases into it.

Following is what was shared in both services on June 1st , as the giving tree was introduced and the “church giving box” formally presented to the congregation:

We would like to present this tree to the congregation as a visual representation that will show the amount of funds that have been received for the capital campaign. We have a firm foundation in Christ and have also been blessed by the plans and leadership of the past as represented by the trunk. The new growth shows how we are continuing to grow by God’s grace.

As we celebrate our 175th anniversary and embark on a journey through our “Giving By God’s Grace” endeavor, we remember all those that have gone before us to bring us to where we are today. With June being Heritage month and with Father’s Day coming up soon, it is appropriate that we think back not just to our fathers and their support of our Christian training, but to those many generations of forefathers before us.
This giving box, designed as an old church—perhaps similar to the first church, is made from wood from the Oetting farm. This has special significance, because the day we look at as the beginning of our church, was the day that little Maria Oetting was baptized on May 1, 1840. The farm where she grew up is where this wood has come from.
While symbolic of our beginning—where we have come from——-it can also be a useful reminder of where we are going.
We would like to present this to our “Growing by God’s Grace” leadership team/Pastor Hagan and ask them to accept it on behalf of the congregation. It will be visible and available—feel free to place a new commitment inside, if you haven’t already made one….feel free to increase your commitment, if you so desire…feel free to make special contributions as you celebrate a birth, baptism, confirmation, wedding, anniversary, the memory of a loved one or just a special time of thankfulness.

“For I know the plans I have for you,”declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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