The Chapel is Transformed!

Several people have wondered what all the excitement and construction is about in First Lutheran's chapel.  An expanded worship area is being transformed so that the Emmaus worship service might move there and be accessible to all people.  While the auditorium has provided a wonderfully intimate worship space for our alternative worship service, the building structure prevents those who cannot climb stairs easily or who require any sort of assistance from fully accessing the Emmaus worship center on Sunday mornings. Because worship is at the center of who we are as the gathered people of God, it is important that we make sure that every one of our worship services is fully accessible. Being welcoming and inviting to all abilities is crucial as we look at who is at worship - or even more critically, ask "who's not here?"

Moving the Emmaus service to the chapel has gained a tremendous amount of excitement from many.  While maintaining the original integrity of the chapel's charm, our property crew has removed a wall, expanding the potential of how this worship space might be used into the future. With new paint and technology options, the chapel will be an inviting space not just for the Emmaus service, but for its continued use in healing services, smaller weddings and funerals.  In addition, First Lutheran can now enjoy joint fellowship as each of the worship service goers can have a cup of coffee together in the Lounge before or after attending the service of their choice. We are stronger together than we are apart - this transformation can be a unifying move!  Take a walk to the chapel and look around - God is at work through all of the energy and hopefulness!