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Immanuel Lutheran Church gets a remodel

Over the last six months, the basement at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hay Creek has been remodeled. Previously a space with a concrete flooring, now the church has an elevator, more classroom space and another community gathering space for activities like the ladies quilting project. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
As part of remodel, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hay Creek was able to add more rooms that are designated for Sunday school classes. Pictured here is the Preschool and Kindergarten space. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
Some of the paneling in the basement remodel is from an old tree behind Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hay Creek. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
Pastor Lowell Sorenson oversees Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hay Creek and recently completed his doctorate in ministry from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Sorenson is grateful to his congregation in helping him complete his degree with their prayers and financial backing. Matthew Lambert / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

Immanuel Lutheran Church recently finished a six-month remodel of their church basement, adding community space, classrooms and an elevator to the 150-year-old church.

Pastor Lowell Sorenson said the basement, which had a concrete floor before, now has a polyaspartic concrete floor coating and designated spaces for their early-childhood through eighth-grade sunday school classes.

Sorenson said they made due with the space they had, but now have much more flexibility for their classrooms and 25 students.

The project came about when the church needed to put in an elevator. Sorenson said the congregation decided that instead of only putting in an elevator, they might as well update and remodel the basement area.

Three additional classrooms, a community space and kitchenette, and a remodeled bathroom make the space a great place to meet and spend time together.

The project was even able to utilize a fallen tree on the property as part of the paneling along the walls of the basement.

The cost of the project was around $115,000, according to Sorenson. The congregation used an in-house fund to pay for the project. Sorenson said the congregation "doesn't believe in a lot of debt."

Sorenson, who came to the church in 2005, said his favorite part of the basement remodel has to do with giving the children a place of their own.

"I'm just delighted that we have space for our kids and we make a priority of having space for the kids," Sorenson said. "And that they're not left using something that's outdated or left over, but that we have space for them and we're making the youth of our church a priority."

Sorenson said they will likely hold off on any further projects for the time being, but projects on the church grounds always present themselves.

Immanuel Lutheran Church has service at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Those interested in signing up for Sunday School classes can contact the church at 651-388-4577.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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