Faith Lutheran breaks ground for its new narthex

PARRISH — After a few years of planning and several sketches later, the members at Faith Lutheran Church of Parrish held a ground breaking ceremony March 15 to commence the church’s new project for expansion and renovation.

The expansion is being constructed on the church’s property, 9608 U.S. 301 N., which meant the church had to become creative in order to accommodate Sunday school and Bible classes, which are held in between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services.

As part of the renovation/building program, the Fellowship Hall will be enlarged to include four classrooms to accommodate ample space for the Sunday School and Bible class studies, a large meeting area, which will be used for various functions as well as providing space to civic associations and other community outreach programs, an expanded office area for the pastor and secretary, in addition to much-needed storage and a new large, updated kitchen.

Once the renovations to the Fellowship Hall are completed, the building committee will address much needed improvements to the church.

The interior will be renovated by moving the altar to the other side of the building, allowing beautiful stained-glass windows to be visible during services; the pew will be recovered; and a new organ will be installed.

The two buildings will be united by a new narthex so the members can visit before and after services.

The congregation hopes this project will be completed in time for Faith Lutheran to celebrate Christmas in its new home.

All of this could not be done without church the members, Pastor Philip Vangen, Board of Directors chairman Richard Fredrick, building chairman Al Lippert and building contractor Hans Van Der Kolk.