In The Beginning...
Living Word Lutheran Church was formed in January 2004 by a merger of
New Life Lutheran Church of Spicer, MN and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Church in New London, MN.
In January 2005, Living Word was moved to the current home in Spicer, the
former Prairie Meadows building with plans to begin looking at building a new
The building project "So That The World May Know!" began in the spring of
2007 with fundraising pledges from congregation members. The steps needed
to begin construction were outlined and in the fall of 2007 the congregation
drafted wish lists of features for the new building. The Building Committee was formed in the spring of 2008.
Sunday, April 1st, 2012
After many years of planning, fundraising, and prayer... A special voter’s assembly at Living Word Lutheran
Church gave approval to a plan to begin building a church at our land near New London. The plans and
information can be viewed below Now we can start to get all the applications and permits and sign contracts
with our contractors!
Week of May 14th, 2012
Everything is in process of getting ready to begin our new building at the church site. Permits and applications
are being filed and processed so that we can get ready to build! The new approach off the highway has been
build and the building site has been staked to begin excavation.
Sunday, May 20th, 2012
Our official groundbreaking ceremony at the building site. Here are some photos...
Week of May 21st, 2012
Things are really getting started. Should be digging and pouring the foundations soon.
May 23rd through 25th 2012
Lots of earth getting moved...
May 30th, 2012
Footings were poured and block laid for the foundation today.
June 2nd, 2012
Plumbing rough-ins are done and are digging trenches for in-floor heat dusts. Thanks to Brent, Lance, and
Carson for help with the digging!
June 6th, 2012
Progress is going smoothly. Darryl Sanderson of Riverview Refrigeration completed the heat-duct rough-in. The
duct work will be covered by the cement slab (floor) which could be poured later this week.
June 15th, 2012
The floor is poured! Joe Caskey Masonry and New London Concrete providing the manpower and materials for
the church floor!
June 19th, 2012
The walls are going up. The SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) arrived last Thursday. They look like Giant Vanilla
Oreos - thick white foam sandwiched between two OSB boards. The guys from Oak Ridge Construction putting
up our SIP walls.
June 20th, 2012
The walls are up! Several views of the church building walls. Praise God for the couple-day delay that caused to
the walls to be put up after, not before, Sunday's storm. If you have a chance, take a drive out to the building
site and walk around inside the church.
June 21st, 2012
Ready for the roof... The roof trusses were delivered today (If you look closely you can see them in the distance,
stacked near the church in the photo of the sign). Oak Ridge Construction will be setting the trusses on the walls
on Monday (weather permitting).
Plans are for our volunteers to begin installing the metal roofing late afternoon and evening next Wednesday
(June 27). Send an email to email@example.com if you can help us with this.
June 25th & 26th, 2012
Roof is almost finished... The guys from Oak Ridge Construction set the roof trusses in place (with help from a
crane - not pictured) and have nearly finished the putting up the sheathing boards late today or tomorrow.
Praise God for more good construction weather! The next step is for volunteers to begin putting on the "tar
paper" and metal roofing.
June 27th, 2012
We start work on the roof... Most of the contractor work on the building is completed. Today Living Word
members and friends began work on the roof
June 28th, 2012
We have electricity and water... Workers from Thein Well began drilling the well. The guys from Electrical Plus
have the transformer installed and electricity into the building
June 30th, 2012
The north roof is finished... On Saturday Jason Miller, Vern Samuelson, Bryson Wachter, Brent Sawatzky, Pastor
Dave and Kevin Welsh put the metal roofing on the north side of the building. You can't tell it from the photos,
but the color is a Charcoal Gray
July 11th, 2012
The roof is finished and the inside walls are being built. Our volunteers finished putting the steel roofing on the
south roof this past Saturday. More volunteers are putting up interior walls on the east end of the building
tonight. Most of the black dirt for the lawn has been filled in around the building
July 26th, 2012
Lots going on in the last 2 weeks...
Interior walls have been completed
Ceiling has drywall has been hung
Aprons have been poured in front of each entrance
Windows have been installed
August 9th, 2012
Painting & Siding... Our volunteer paint crew began work on the ceiling this evening. Shown here are Phil
Iverson, Larry Hultgren, Jamie Iverson, Gracie Geer and Pastor David. Several more people came to help after
these pictures were taken, and the crew was able to finish the first coat on the ceiling in the big room! In the
last couple of pictures Jason Miller and Fred Asche are shown putting the siding on the north side of the building
September 6th, 2012
Finally, time to move everything from the Prairie Woods building to our new home!
First Worship At Our New Building
Sunday, September 9th, 2012
Various groups brought up appropriate worship furnishings into the service as we dedicated them to our use in
our new location.
Brought in the altar (on rollers)
Brought in the candles
Brought in the paraments
Brought in hymnals/song books
Brought in the instruments
Brought in the Bible
Brought in Lectern
Brought in the Offering Plates..
Brought in the pew Bibles
Saturday, October 14th, 2012
Open House at our new home...
A quick look around...
Watch the slideshow of the building process...
Official Dedication was held on Sunday, October 28th, 2012.
If you were unable to attend, we have a video of
the dedication for viewing online.
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