REEDSVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) - Our camera was there last May when a Reedsville congregation said goodbye to more than a century of educational memories, as a major section of its school, built in 1903, was torn down.
Saturday, Jan. 13, the St. John-St. James congregation is set to welcome the community to see its new and improved school, and how the two million dollar renovation project is expected to grow the school and the church's ministry.
In recent months, the new-look St. John-St. James Lutheran School has been the talk around town.
"In the village of Reedsville you don't see a big project like this, so people think this is really superb that we're stepping out and doing something like this," says Dan Duchow, St. John-St. James Church President.
With a $2 million commitment from the congregation, the church decided it was time to build upon its history of providing high quality education.
"Just amazing, the teachers, the staff, but the building did not reflect that and now I look at the building and I think it's starting to reflect the quality of education that's offered here," says early childhood teacher Karla Aden.
Along with new classroom space is a new commons area with a kitchen and a new gymnasium, meaning the school can now host its own sporting events. and students won't be confined to their classrooms on rainy days or when it's brutally cold outside.
"It was nice to come into a warm building and get some of that energy released and get back to studies again," says Athletic Director and teacher Phillip Stuebs.
Thanks to a new hallway, the school is now connected to the church, allowing for more fellowship.
All changes that point to an exciting new chapter for St. John-St. James.
"Ministry can be exciting, especially when you have a project like this and then the real work begins of continuing to reach more people with the gospel," says Stuebs.
The January 13 open house at St. John-St. James is from 10:00 am until 2:00 p-m.
Everyone is welcome.