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Palos Lutheran to Host Ground Breaking Ceremony

Palos Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 125th St. and Harlem in Palos Heights, will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, July 30th to commemorate the beginning of a major building renovation. The ceremony, commencing at 10:15am immediately following its final Sunday service in the old building, represents the culmination of years of planning. “Our church has talked about renovating for decades,” remarked Rick Suchie, chairman of the congregation and a lifelong member of the church. “Our existing building was dedicated in 1949 and hasn’t been significantly renovated or expanded since then.  This will be a big transformation.”

The $1.2 million construction project, slated to begin in the middle of August, will add nearly 3,000 square feet to the church’s footprint and will include a major overhaul of the existing building. “We’ll be taking the original structure down to the proverbial studs,” says Melissa Dimitri, chair of the church’s building committee. “All of the mechanical infrastructure will be updated and the building itself will include many functional updates, including ADA bathrooms, a kitchenette, more fellowship space, and a ‘cry room’ for parents with small children.”

The sanctuary itself will also be overhauled, including a significantly larger space to seat nearly 200 and cosmetic enhancements such as vaulted ceilings, large ornamental windows, and a free standing altar. “While we will always look to preaching the Word as the primary focus, we recognize the need to update the building where that Word is preached in order to provide a more worshipful environment,” says Pastor Colin Rieke, who was installed as the church’s new pastor on July 2nd. Pastor Rieke, formerly pastor of a mission congregation in Arizona, was called by Palos Lutheran’s congregation specifically to help them with outreach. “The new building, while potentially attracting new visitors, also sends a strong message to the community that we are placing a renewed focus on growth and outreach.”

Construction is expected to last approximately six months, placing the estimate for the new building dedication at sometime during Spring 2018. The congregation will continue to host its regular Saturday evening and Sunday morning services in the multi-purpose room at its adjacent school building until construction is complete. “It’s an exciting time at Palos Lutheran,” says Pastor Rieke. “We encourage the community to closely watch our website for updates or – better yet – come check out a service in person. Come watch us grow.”

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