Immanuel to begin restoration project

Members of Immanuel Lutheran Church, from left, Don Neverman, Roger Bohlman, Rick Schuett, and Mark Putra help move furniture and equipment from the church's education building as the congregation prepares for a major restoration project.

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown has announced a substantial restoration process for its primary education and outreach building. The Tenth Street property includes the church's administrative offices, Christian education classrooms, and several community outreach services.

"In recent years, the building has experienced leaks in the foundation along with other structural and air quality problems," said David Morstad, president of the congregation. "So, we made the decision to begin a multi-year capital campaign and begin repair work as soon as possible."

In addition to the church's own use, Immanuel has a long tradition of outreach in Watertown and is home to a wide array of community service programs including the Watertown Food Pantry, the Personal Essentials Pantry and the weekly Bread and Roses dinner. In order to complete the construction work, all activities in the education building will be relocated to other spaces in the church for a period of up to one year. There are no planned interruptions in the many outreach services hosted at the church.

"We have a strong commitment to providing for the needs of those in Watertown and partnering with ministries to make that happen," said the Rev. Todd Iverson, pastor of Immanuel, "These renovations will improve our service, safety, efficiency and aesthetics."

"In addition to the internal work, the outside facade is deteriorating and needs replacement," according to Morstad. "We look forward to that new look. More important, we will have a building that will serve Immanuel and the Watertown community for many years to come."

The reconstruction process is expected to begin in late August and be completed by the summer of 2020. Primary contractors assisting with the project are Building Envelope Professionals of Oregon and Maas Brothers Construction of Watertown.

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