Members of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church gathered in the church’s foyer after the service on Sunday

Lutherans pay off mortgage on expansion project

Almost five years after it was first proposed, the expansion project at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church has come full circle

Almost five years after it was first proposed, the expansion project at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church has come full circle, with the mortgage paid off in full.

Church members celebrated the completion of the project on Sunday, Nov. 2, burning the mortgage in a short ceremony following the morning service.

While the congregation watched from the foyer, several leaders — including Pastor Karl Faltin, council chair Dennis Beckland, council member Nancy Aspenes and fundraising committee chair Don Tash — gathered in the entrance to burn the mortgage.

The ceremony included the singing of several hymns, liturgy and prayers, and a Scripture reading from Ephesians 1.

The expansion project — the final cost of which was estimated at around $600,000 — involved extending the west end of the building, adding space to both the church’s entrance and its fellowship wing.

The original church building was constructed between 1964 and 1966, but nearly a half-century later, it was in need of some improvements and repairs.

The roof of the fellowship wing was leaking, the carpeting and windows needed replacement, and the church itself simply needed more space.

“Before, we were pinched . . . we were really cramped,” said Tash. Tash recalled telling the congregation that an expansion project would be a chance to leave a legacy to future generations, just as their predecessors had done in building the original church in the 1960s.

A motion was approved at a congregational meeting in early 2010 to begin fundraising with a target of $450,000, and with the guideline that construction would not start until 75 per cent of the target was pledged or collected.

Beckland recalled that the fundraising began slowly, with a bake sale that brought in a few hundred dollars and a gospel concert that barely broke even.

“We had to sell the idea,” recalled Tash, likening his role to that of a cheerleader who stood back and encouraged others in their tasks.

The church consulted a professional fundraiser for guidance, and kicked off a pledge campaign under the name “Our Journey Forward,” starting with a banquet evening.

Encouraging members to support the project with regular giving proved highly successful, and within six months, Tash said, $447,000 had been pledged.

“There was never any strong-arm tactics or anything like that,” he said. “I’ve always thought that if you’re going to run the race, you go for the gold.”

Construction began in the summer and was finished by the spring of 2011, overseen by supervisor Kevin Stewart and contractor Ace Waugh.

A dedication service was held in June 2011. Although the cost of the expansion was higher than anticipated, the mortgage was paid off in June of this year.

The expansion provided room for new offices, nursery facilities and expanded washrooms in the narthex, while also allowing the addition of a prayer room and Sunday School room in the fellowship wing. In addition to its use for church functions, many outside groups use the fellowship hall, Faltin said.

The hall is often rented for showers and anniversary parties, and is used by several community groups.

Tash said the expansion has greatly improved the church’s appearance and function, and provided the congregation with much more useable space.

“I just can’t say enough about the people that stepped forward to help out here,” he said, adding that a team of members prayed regularly for the project.

 

Just Posted

2018 Stettler Farmer/Farmerette Bonspiel Winners

Tournament held from January 18th to the 21st at the Stettler Curling Rink

2018 Stettler Farmer/Farmerette Bonspiel Winners

Tournament held from January 18th to the 21st at the Stettler Curling Rink

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

County council writes off certain Botha accounts

Council hears public library saw 60,000 pass through doors this year

Stettler secondhand charity looks for new home

Superfluity lease not being renewed; will move by Sept., 2018

Stettler and area youth jump into curling this winter

Junior Curling Program runs Monday nights in Stettler

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

Drumheller-Stettler MLA visits Stettler County Council during January constituency break

Rural crime matters, agriculture plastics recycling and infrastructure requests brought forward

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

$130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic

Hot summer ticket: $130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic off Newfoundland

UK’s Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged

Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank in Autumn 2018

German nurse charged with 97 more murders

Niels Hoegel, serving a life sentence for two murders, has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings.

Most Read


Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.