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ELCA Mission Builders Arrive in May

With the foundation now complete, the ELCA Mission Builders are set to arrive at Lutherdale in May to begin construction on the center sections of the new Lodge. The Mission Builder program is an outreach ministry of the Lutheran Church for over 30 years and has done over 200 projects throughout the country. We want to introduce you to Steve and Carole Schenk, ELCA Mission Builders!

My name is Steve Schenk (Shank) and I am the on-site project manager for Mission Builders and the Lutherdale project. I have been in the construction industry since 1970 as a carpenter, project foreman, project superintendent, and project manager for several contractors in Nebraska.

My wife, Carole, will serve as the liaison between the Mission Builders crew and Lutherdale and as the primary hostess for volunteers that join us at Lutherdale. Carole and I have been married for almost 18 years, and before we made the decision to get married, we talked a lot about Mission Builders. Was it something we could agree on and do together? Obviously, we agreed (kind of like a pre-nup)! We currently make our home in the St. Louis Missouri area.

We have been with the Mission Builder program for 13 years and have worked on projects across the country. Four of those projects have been in North Dakota, three in Montana, and single projects in Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Our desire to be part of Mission Builders is to continue being thankful for what God has done for us. To share the talents God has given us with others as we strive to build and strengthen His church here in this country and to celebrate the joy of hearing the Spirit call from places that need the help of Mission Builders, like Lutherdale.

Respectfully in God’s service,
Steve & Carole Schenk

Construction of Lodge Underway

Lutherdale held a Ground Breaking Service on September 15, 2018. Gas and electric lines were rerouted, and excavation for the foundation officially began in October. Forms for the foundation were built, concrete poured, and masonry work has begun. The entire foundation is nearly complete.


In late spring, the spancrete will arrive, followed by the modular bedroom wings. ELCA Mission Builders, alongside Lutherdale volunteers, will then work to complete the siding, roof, and The Great Hall, Conference Room, and Welcome Center this summer. The basement apartments will be completed during Phase 2.


Campaign Receives $500,000 Pledge

Lutherdale has recently been blessed with a $500,000 pledge to our Share the Adventure campaign from a generous and faithful donor. This wonderful donation brings our total pledged to $2.5 million – 86% of our $2.9 million Phase 1 goal. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this campaign – together we are opening the next generation of ministry at Lutherdale.


Work on the construction of Lutherdale Lodge is beginning to get underway. Currently the building site is being cleared of trees, utility lines, and other obstructions in preparation for the beginning of foundation work. The foundation work will begin in mid-September and be completed before the end of the year. Construction of the building structure in will begin in spring 2019.

Lutherdale Lodge Groundbreaking Ceremony

With the foundation of Lutherdale Lodge set to be put in place this fall, a ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking of this exciting project as been set for Saturday, September 15th.  The event will begin with lunch in the Dining Hall at noon, followed by the groundbreaking ceremony after.


With less than $1 million remaining in pledges towards our $2.9 million Phase 1 goal, we are excited to be closing in on opening new ministry at Lutherdale.