Flood Repairs Completed at Our Savior, Grafton 

On August 27, 2018, a substantial portion of the facility atOur Savior Lutheran Church and School was flooded. The lowest part of the church (fellowship hall, classroom, library, bathrooms, and kitchen) received extensive water damage due to the nearly two feet of standing water. Many rooms, including furnace rooms, storage areas, and stairwell were also under water. During the next several days the congregation hired ServePro to remove cabinets, sheet rock and any carpeting or furniture that might retain water and contaminants. Volunteers helped to remove all the waste, which eventually included more than 13,000 children’s books. The building itself sustained nearly $200,000 loss, and it was determined that external alterations would be necessary to improve drainage and secure the building against future storms.

Dave Klug from Klug, Inc. supplied a large loader for removal of wet and damaged items. Steve & Andrew Bintz from Bintz Heating & Sheet Metal installed six new furnaces to stabilize the building during the colder months. Then a team of dedicated and skilled members began the remodeling efforts including installation of drywall, mudding, taping,finishing, painting, staining of all doors and woodwork, installation of cabinets, sinks, appliances, and bathroom dividers. Marty Dierker, currently the Vice-President of Our Savior Lutheran, coordinated more than 50 volunteers over the period of eight months. Enough was saved through that process to complete the outside work (Phase 1) and the congregation approved further repairs to weather proofing and drainage (Phase 2). Prayers of joy accompanied the return to normal usage on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Staff Minister Tom Hering stated, “We are grateful to the Lord for the many friends in our community and members of our congregation and school that continually went above and beyond to help in our time of need!” And Pastor Mark Wagner doubled the appreciation, “We were amazed at all the special donations from area churches and individuals that came in, not just at the beginning, but through many months as we realized that we would not receive any insurance compensation.”

He expressed thankfulness from the whole community of worshippers, the school staff and families, “We want our friends in Grafton, Cedarburg, Saukville, Port Washington, Fredonia, Belgium, and beyond to know how much it means to have support when faced with this kind of crisis. Quoting Scripture he added, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” (12 Corinthians 9:12 NIV)

To visit or to have questions answered, contact the Our Savior church office (262-377-6363; oslcoffice@wi.rr.com).

Posted by melanie.schoeneck On 17 May, 2019 at 9:27 AM