Buildings and Grounds
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Phase one of the building which had the sanctuary and lower level with was dedicated in 1983. The church met at the Washington Middle School for several years before the building was completed. In 1991 Peace Lutheran Church dedicated phase two which included a narthex, nursery, and church offices on the main level and Sunday school rooms on the lower level. Phase 3, which expanded the sanctuary, was dedicated in 2004. In this phase we saw the addition of a beautiful stain glass window (which came a few years later), replacement of pews with comfortable chairs, and a professional sound system which allows greater flexibility in the services. The sanctuary is handicap accessible with no steps at either entrance from the upper parking lot.
Downstairs we have a large flexible space used by Sunday School, a kitchen meeting area, and a space set aside for our quilters group.
Outside the building, our grounds are an extension of our commitment to welcome all, including our neighbors and even the other creatures in our environment. Near our drive from 14th Street, we feature a small outdoor food pantry. We also have a prayer labyrinth to the south of the building, available for anyone to use as a contemplative space. The landscaping around the property is predominately native plantings, thanks to Master Conservationist Mike Smith. The two beds near the top of the drive are certified Monarch Waystations.
The paw-paw patch below the parking lot has grown thanks to the efforts of Mark Nagel, a member of the congregation who is committed to spreading this native species. The fruit trees along the drive were a gift from the Confirmation class of 2014. The community garden, which was started by the congregation in 2010, has recently been taken over by a group of Master Gardeners. It continues to be a space for organic gardening. By including several donation plots, the garden provided over 245 pounds of fresh produce for the local food pantry in 2019.