Timely Blessing Allows Congregation to Move to New Facility
On Jan. 27, 115 people gathered to celebrate the dedication of a new church building for Trinity Lutheran Church in Woodbridge. The new facility was made possible thanks to grant money that Trinity received from WELS Home Missions, a Christian mission outreach group, through the WELS Church Extension Fund, Inc. (CEF).
Rev. Jon Bergemann, Trinity’s pastor, says, “There were few dry eyes on the Sunday when I announced that we would receive grant money. We were within 30 days of our deadline to sign the contract on our new facility and could not figure out how we could come up with the needed down payment. Without the grant, we would have been unable to purchase our new facility. We were overwhelmed by God’s goodness to us and the Church Extension Fund’s generosity.”
Trinity was desperate to find a new facility because the one that it was renting was hindering its ministry. The historic church was built in 1850 and used as a hospital and horse stable in the Civil War. Yet in addition to being afflicted with mold and not being handicap accessible, the church had no running water and therefore no bathrooms.
Bergemann notes, “I had to tell a nine-month-pregnant woman—who was a visitor—that bathrooms were located across the parking lot in a different church. Simply put, the building presented major challenges to conducting ministry and reaching out to our community.”
The building that Trinity purchased was a daycare facility and is located in Lake Ridge. Trinity completely renovated the space, knocking out walls to provide a large sanctuary and adding a narthex, a full-sized kitchen, a fellowship hall, an office, classrooms, and multiple bathrooms.
“We have already seen positive results of our move,” says Bergemann. “Our worship and Bible study attendance have grown, and we are getting new visitors almost every Sunday. The first two baptisms in our new facility were adults from the community.”
To learn more about Trinity Lutheran Church, visit their web site at http://www.trinityofwoodbridge.org or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/trinityofwoodbridge