Throughout the renovations, church administration was able to move into each area as it was complete. They agreed the experience was not always pleasant.
"There was a lot of dust. There was tremendous chaos," Henry said. "A lot of noise."
However, regular worship services and church events continued. Only the annual sauerkraut supper was delayed by the project. It will be Sept. 19.
Seeing the project nearing completion, Henry and the rest of the staff are grateful to all of the volunteers. Members of the congregation painted, worked on the ceiling tiles, installed cabinets and brought food to the other volunteers. Many of them helped tile parts of the new bathroom walls by hand.
"The congregation has been involved intensely on the project," Schoening said.
At least 125 members helped and almost half a dozen core people were at the church on a daily basis.
"Those who are retired, became un-retired," Martyn said.
More about the church's addition, Page 4B