Christ's Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert will dedicate its $7.5 million building project during a celebration noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the campus, 425 N. Greenfield Road. It includes an expanded sanctuary that has added 300 seats and educational space that includes 10 more classrooms, a youth ministry room and additional parking. The expansion provides more space, as well, for Christ's Greenfield Lutheran School on the campus.
The celebration will follow worship services at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Planned are a chili cook-off with free food, inflatables, booths and a silent auction. At 1:30 p.m., a ribbon will be cut and tours will take place in the expanded space. Organ recitals will be 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The celebration ends with the church's weekly "Rockin' " youth service at 6:02 p.m.
Christ's Greenfield was launched 25 years ago by several families who worshiped in a funeral home until they had the wherewithal to begin construction of a campus that, at the time, was in distinctly rural Gilbert. Today the church has about 2,000 members and a school that educates about 350 children ages 3 through eighth grade.
"Even as the church and school are growing, what's great is that we have been able to keep that small-town feeling," said Pastor Dustin Lappe. "We are 'family' in every sense of the word." Saying the church has been blessed to be able to bless others, Lappe said the expansion creates more slots for children to be educated." For more information, call the church at (480) 892-8314.