Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church, Iola, WI

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Come to Our Rededication Service!

Did you get one of these in the mail?

Postcard 1Postcard 2

Well, even if you didn’t, that doesn’t mean you aren’t invited.

Please come to our Celebration, Sunday, November 1st, 1:30 p.m.  Our worship space has been completely refurbished inside and out, to make us feel more comfortable, to open the space up for better utilization, but mostly, to assist us in the worship of our almighty God.

We’d love for you to join us!

Temporary Worship Location (continued)

You were recently informed that we would temporarily be worshiping at an interim location, and that we would return to our building on February 1st. We have now pushed that return date back a week or so, so that wet can make the space that much more conducive to edifying worship and comfort. We will be sure to announce our return date, but in the meantime, we continue to meet at:

100 Island Drive
Iola, WI 54945

Thank you for your patience.  And keep a lookout for project updates!  The building is coming along!

Temporary Worship Location


Due to our remodeling endeavors, we will temporarily have to vacate the church building.  In the interim, we will be holding worship in the home of a member family.

  • Sunday, January 11th,
  • Sunday, January 18th, and
  • Sunday, January 25th

Worship will be held at

100 Island Drive
Iola, WI 54945

We apologize for any inconvenience.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” – Matthew 18:20

Building Project, Phase I, Part 2

Happy Reformation Day, everyone!

A lot has happened over the last couple of days, and the inside of our church looks a lot different.

We found the need to venture into the sanctuary half of the church yesterday, even though that technically was to be part of Phase II.  While working on Phase I proper, however, the ceiling over the sanctuary was noticeably sagging.  Rather than leave that safety hazard, therefore, our members dove in and started to remove the ceiling.  We started by tearing out the drywall ceiling and the insulation.

Tearing Down the Drywall Ceiling


Rick and Jon said they felt like Godzilla breaking that all down.  It was really like watching Cookie Monster at work, getting into a giant cookie over his head.

Half of the drywall was taken down, and, once most of the debris was out of the way, it was time to start cutting into the steel.  You see, our church was originally constructed by putting two trailers together, so the outside walls and roofs are still largely intact.  But in the interests of higher ceilings, the steel had to go.  It came out in sections.

Cutting the Steel

First Cut

Cutting the Steel

Then Collapse

It was an interesting sight, and sparks were flying.

Sparks Flying


Three sections were broken down yesterday.  And during that endeavor, Jon couldn’t help but show a feat of strength.

Jon's Feat of Strength

Hulk Smash

This is what we left the sanctuary looking like last night:

Sanctuary with Collapsed Ceiling

View Looking Towards the Chancel Area

In one sense, it’s a little disheartening to see a place of worship come to look so ruinous.  Although by Sunday it will not look so messy, it will be different, and possibly a little uncomfortable.  But this project is a good thing by and large.  Our sanctuary will eventually be more open, warmer, and lending itself more fully to edification in the Spirit.  It is important as we continue forward, too, to be grateful for the work that went into this building originally.  For years this church has served as the worship space for Redeemer Lutheran Church, and without the space from which to build on, we would not have the opportunity now to improve our church.  Ever looking forward to that end product, we can’t help but marvel in the supportive and hard-working congregation we have.  Praise God for giving us these gifts!

The Story of Rick’s Nail

Rick's Nail

Rick’s Nail

One of the first things Rick did a few days ago was cut through a wall to open up a wider entryway.  It was smooth sailing for most of the work, but midway down the wall the saw suddenly was giving him difficulties.  Pushing through the sweat and the ache, Rick continued to cut, thinking, “If all the cutting is this difficult, we’ll never get this project done!”  But he persevered, cutting millimeter after millimeter, seeming to get nowhere.  Finally, he broke through and cut out the rest of the wall.  When he looked to see what had given him such trouble, he found that he had cut straight down through a nail.  As you can tell from the picture, it’s a pretty remarkable sight.  I think, if we can cut through something as tough as nails, we can get this whole project done with nothing but blessings!