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In our 110th year ~ Vol. 110 No. 20
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
DEDICATION THIS SUNDAY: The King of Kings Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frankenmuth will dedicate its new church at 1019 Covenant Drive on Sunday, November 22, at 4pm. The 90-member congregation has been meeting at Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill for the past two years. (News photo)
King of Kings congregation set to dedicate new church
Six months after breaking ground on Ascension Day, the King of Kings Lutheran Church congregation will dedicate its new edifice this weekend.
The new 4,800-square foot building, located at 1019 Covenant Drive, will be formally dedicated with a 4pm service on Sunday, November 22. The site is located immediately south of West Jefferson Street and across from Covenant Glen Assisted Living facility.
The Rev. John Seifert of Midland, the Michigan District president for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), will be the guest preacher. The Rev. James Plocher, the circuit pastor and pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Vassar, will be the reader. King of Kings Pastor Joel Willitz will officiate.
For nearly three years, the 90-member congregation has met in the basement of Sullivan’s Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill. They will conduct their final service on November 22, at 10am.
Following the sermon, entitled “Remember This Booth,” the congregation and guests will adjourn to the new church for the laying of the cornerstone. At the new site, a list of the cornerstone contents will be listed and the cornerstone sealed and the service will end with the singing of “The Church’s One Foundation.” The doors to the church will still be closed until the 4pm service.
“The owners and staff of Sullivan’s have been most gracious and accommodating as host of King of Kings for the past two-plus years, and the congregation is most appreciative to them,” Pastor Willitz said.
The 4pm dedication service will begin outside the new structure, with general contractor, Paul Koester of Koester Builders turning over the church keys to Tim Kriewall, the congregation president. Kriewall will open the front doors, members and guests will enter and the dedication service will begin.
Kriewall said he expects a full house for the service.
“It’s already known that people from around the state will be present to help commemorate this special event. We welcome community residents to join us this Sunday.”
There are 20 parking stalls, however, more parking is available along Covenant Drive. Seating will be normally for 80 people, however, the congregation is prepared for this service with overflow seating.
Kriewall said the project came in on schedule and under budget.
“The quality of construction is immediately obvious to the most critical observer. The congregation is extremely pleased with the work of Koester Builders and its subcontractors,” Kriewall stated. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the way the building turned out.”
TSSF Architects of Saginaw designed the building and met all the initial requirements of the congregation, the president added.
The rite of dedication will include the font, the pulpit and the altar.
The approximate 2.6 acre parcel was donated by John and Leone Koester. The building committee included Chairman Jim Stange, members Jim Zoellner, Scott Born and Vicky Rupprecht, and ex officio members Kriewall and Pastor Willitz.
The subcontractors under the direction of Koester Builders included Hagen Excavation Company, Piazza Masonry, Bierlein-Trombley Electric, Gilmour Construction, Chuck Harrington Roofing, Central Ceiling, Quality Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, Stange Painting, Northeastern Paint, D𠆚rcy Rousseau Mechanical, Glassworks of Vassar, John Jankowski and Reliable Lawn & Landscaping and Craig Schneider and Keith Kosik with TSSF Architects.
The committee also thanks Don Krueger and Lutheran Association for Church Extension (LACE) for the project financing and the National Lutheran Church in Calumet and Crown of Life Lutheran Church (formerly Zion Lutheran Church) of Warren for the donation of furnishing and supplies.
A brief history of the King of Kings Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frankenmuth will be placed in the church’s cornerstone at the 4pm dedication service this Sunday, November 22.
The four phases of the building program were to be 1. the initial church building, 2. an office-filled corridor between the initial church and the church defined in the first requirements document, 3. the church defined in the first requirements document and 4. transepts or wings to the third phase of the church.
When the third phase is completed in the future, the original 4,800-square foot building will become the congregation’s fellowship hall or education and visitor center.
Ground breaking took place on Thursday, June 14, with Koester Builders the general contractor. Construction was completed in mid-November 2015.
King of Kings holds its Sunday services at 10am, with Bible Study at 9am and Sunday School at 9:15am. Please visit www.kingofkingschurch-wels.net for more information.
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