History of Morning Star Lutheran Church & School

The Building Committee was established to lay a foundation for a future expansion project. Our congregation began a capital fund campaign with the James Company.

Committee members visited a number of churches that had recently completed worship sanctuary expansions. Insights from visits were discussed and recorded at the meetings. The committee also studied worship architecture resources (like the Architectural Handbook).

Eleven subcommittees were formed to explore various expansion components: Worship and Fine Arts, Music, Fellowship, Parish Education, Technology, Administration/Office, Maintenance/Landscape/Grounds, Finance, Communication, Memorials, Equipment/Decorating/Furnishings. Members of the congregation served on these subcommittees and gathered information related to each ministry space and purpose.

Reports from the subcommittees were compiled and a summary report was presented to the congregation. A detailed 18-page Facility Needs Assessment was also compiled that would be shared with prospective architects/builders in the interview process.

Six architect/design-build firms were interviewed, and Groth Design Group was selected as our architect to devope a master site plan. The process of developing our site plan included a congregation “image test feedback” workshop, input from an advisory group of congregation members, and numerous planning sessions with Groth.

The master site plan was presented to the congregation in February. An ad hoc committee (task force) was formed to study and recommend a goal for a Phase 1 building project. In August, the congregation adopted the ad hoc committee’s Phase 1 recommendation to “build a worship facility and open concept gathering area.” Groth presented cost estimates and options for the project. Pending information about financing, the work of the building committee was suspended in November.

Period of inactivity for the building committee and congregation