December 24, 2017 10:34 PM
The perfect gift doesn't always come in a package or with a bow. For the Gloria Dei Lutheran community, their gift is rebuilding what used to be their home.
"Today is a day of hope and expectation and promises fulfilled," David Carlson, Gloria Dei Lutheran's pastor, said.
On February 18, 2016, the members of the Gloria Dei Lutheran could only watch as their beloved church was destroyed by flames.
"It was heart wrenching," Brett Amundson, the Council President for Gloria Dei Lutheran church, said.
Since that day they've been fundraising and making a plan to bring the church back to it's former glory.
"It's been some 22 months of discerning and re-imagining spaces, a time of grieving, also and being in the wilderness and ministry continuing," Carlson said.
They expect to get the permit from the city this week which means they'll be able to begin construction shortly after.
"All of those things have fallen into place, so we hope right after the New Year we'll begin the rebuilding process here in our building," Amundson said.
As they rebuild, they're hoping to make some improvements.
"We are using the old structure, but on the inside, things will be reoriented and they'll be more accessible," Carlson said.
They're taking this tragedy and turning it into an opportunity to rise from the ashes they once were.
"We've been waiting for this day since the fire took place," Carlson said.
They wanted to start this new chapter together as a whole community.
"We're just excited to be back here, hopefully in one year to have a Christmas celebration here in 2018," Amundson said.
They don't have an official start date for construction, but are hoping to start sometime next week.
Updated: December 24, 2017 10:34 PM
Created: December 24, 2017 04:07 PM
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