St. Martin's Lutheran Church and School in Winona, Minnesota, was chartered in 1856 and has been providing a Christian education component from its outset.
This summer, St. Martin’s broke ground on a new educational facility. The new construction will enable the congregation to replace and rebuild an aging and dated building, and expand to meet current and future needs in their community.
Upon completion, the new school will house a new childcare ministry, St. Martin’s Lutheran School (toddlers through 8th grade,) and Hope Lutheran High School. The estimated timeline is to begin school in the new building, fall 2020. And then complete the fellowship hall and gym construction by fall 2021. Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is blessed to help provide funding for this new facility.
The congregation and school ministries are partnering to leverage the new two-story building of nearly 20,000 square feet. There will be 18 classrooms, plus 3,000 square feet of shared space including a media center, two teacher work areas, a conference room, nurse’s office, counselor’s office and three administration offices.
Rocky Sandcork, Hope Lutheran High School (HLHS) Principal and Activities Director sees more than a building going up, he sees wonderful opportunity in expanding Christian education in this place.
“This new building will allow additional and new offerings of art classes; pottery 1 and 2, drawing, graphic design, broadcasting, and multimedia. An actual room dedicated to music and the arts will make a lasting impact on students who desire to serve God in these areas. The church is in desperate need of workers in this area.
With respect to leadership, God is raising up leaders in our schools. These future leaders are being impacted by how their current leaders—church, parents, teachers—view the church. Is it important? A new building sends a message to our own families and the community at large that we are serious about raising up leaders. Leaders in the church and also leaders within their families; leaders in the community and the world.
…With a new building, more and more students will be able to hear the word of God daily. The seed, the Word, is planted in the hearts of all students. Daily devotions, chapel and prayer will help preserve and extend the kingdom of Jesus Christ. Our exchange student program can be expanded. Many of these students do not know Jesus as their personal savior.”
"LCEF is grateful to all of our investors for making this loan possible. We are thrilled to partner with St. Martin's,” said Kai Larson, LCEF District Vice President - Minnesota South District. “It's great to see such a strong commitment to Christian education from the congregation and community." Learn more about St. Martin’s Lutheran Church and School and Hope LHS here.