December 14, 2017
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
REEDSVILLE – When the section of the St. John-St. James facility built in 1903 was torn down last year it was a bittersweet day for the congregation. Sunday was just sweet.
The Lutheran church and school in Reedsville finished construction on a new building that is a major upgrade over their previous space. It connects the school to the church. A bright new gymnasium, commons area, meeting spaces, offices, upgraded classrooms and choir rooms are all included.
Pastor Darin Aden joined the church last year. His first Sunday with the church was the day the vote was approved for the new building. It had been debated for years.
Karla Aden, Darin’s wife, is the school’s early childhood director. She added that the students have eagerly awaited the construction’s completion. Whenever they could they would sneak a peak of the new gym under construction, she said.
The gymnasium was broken in with a series of basketball games on Friday night. The weekend was festive with alumni and a large turnout followed on Sunday.
In the building that was torn down, the gymnasium was dark, small and downstairs. That space was also used for dining. That area is now being used as an early childhood center. Two other classrooms have been completely remodeled as part of the project.
A.C.E. Building Service handled the construction of the project. Chris Herzog, who was the general contractor, said that seeing the project move from planning to completion is the neat part of his job.
“It’s always rewarding to walk through and see a space come to life,” Herzog said. “It’s a really neat experience.”
This specific project also caught Herzog’s eye for another reason.
“As a parent who has kids in [religious education], I’m a bit envious of the cohesion that this congregation seems to have. Their commitment to this project is remarkable,” he said.
Much of the project was completed through the community – in planning, physical work and financially.
“Everyone knew the need was there, but can we afford this?” Dan Duchow, President of the Congregation recalls. “Everybody knew we needed something like this for school and the church.”
Please see the complete story in the December 14, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.