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Good News Lutheran Church

Mount Horeb, WI

A growing congregation creates a permanent place to call home

Good News Lutheran Church was established in rented plaza space in Mount Horeb by a group including members of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Verona. After worshipping there for nearly 10 years, members were able to procure the land and funding necessary to build a brand new 9,500 square foot church. The site on the west edge of Mount Horeb includes ample parking, as well as room for future expansion. The exterior of the building clearly communicates its purpose, as well as the good news it proclaims.

Wood beams above the main entrance evoke imagery from Israel's Passover celebration.
A tall window intersecting a wooden beam is a symbolic expression of the Savior.
Spire topped with a cross faces the highway
Windows allow natural light to enter the building.
View of the classroom and office wings

The sanctuary includes worship space for 200+ and is oriented to focus on the places where the gospel is put to work: the altar (Holy Communion), the ambo (Word of God) and the font (Holy Baptism). Three artistic features in the sanctuary depict events that happened on the biblical Mount Horeb. The space also includes a music and choir area and a parent room.

View into the sanctuary
The chancel wall represents when Moses asks to see God's glory. God has him hide in a cleft in a rock while his glory passes by; Exodus 33.
The artwork represents when God appears to Moses in the burning bush; Exodus 3.
The stained glass represents when Elijah hides in a cave. God draws him out and gives him assurance through a "still, small voice" or gentle whisper; 1 Kings 19.
View from the altar
Parent room with toys for children

The building includes a central gathering area with a hospitality desk, a serving kitchen, a library, offices, and expandable classrooms.

A window wall with a view into the sanctuary from the central gathering area
Central gathering area with moveable hospitality desk
View toward the entrance and parking lot
Serving kitchen with appliances
Serving window and counter
Hallway toward bathrooms and classrooms
The library also serves as a meeting space.
Classroom with divider wall

Good News and NCI-Roberts celebrated project milestones with a series of events. First was a groundbreaking held indoors because of severe weather. Midway through the project was a “Make Your Mark” event where church members and team members were able to write Bible passages and messages of encouragement on the wood framing. Finally, a ribbon-cutting was held to mark the completion of the church.

Groundbreaking event held indoors due to frigid weather
"Make Your Mark" event midway through the project
Bible verse and prayer written on wall
Ribbon-cutting event at building's completion

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) Church Extension Fund was integral to project financing.

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