Cross Lutheran Church Breaks Ground on Building

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Cameron Bren
Top to bottom:Cross Luteran Church broke ground on their new building on March 13; A n architect's rendition of the church.

MIDDLETON/TOWN OF WESTPORT–Cross Lutheran Church celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony March 13 after an “arduous” and “convoluted” process to construct a church building in the Bishops Bay neighbored off of County Hwy M. 

The church has been holding service in the Bishops Bay clubhouse since 2016 and struggled to find a site for construction within Middleton that provides a municipal sewer connection. The church considered several sites and solutions before finally getting a building plan approved from the city in summer 2020.

The developer of Bishops Bay, T. Wall Enterprises, stepped in to help the church by revising the Bishops Bay building plan with the city to relocate 13 single family lots making room for the church.

Because Bishops Bay is in both the City of Middleton and the Town of Westport all plans had to be approved by both municipalities.

City of Middleton Mayor Gurdip Brar welcomed the church on behalf of the city and recalled the construction challenges the project has faced.

“There were times when we didn’t think it was going to happen,” Brar said. “I’m really pleased that it did work out.”

Tom Wilson, who is the Town of Westport Attorney, Administrator and Clerk-Treasurer, welcomed the church to Westport and thanked them for seeing it through. 

The church’s pastor Joel Brandt said, “The process to get this far was more arduous and more convoluted than I ever imagined when I stepped into this role as pastor. We have been blessed–we have been on a journey together. We’re not done yet, but God has seen us through each and every obstacle.”

The Cross Lutheran Church building plan has three phases of development and includes a school.

“The planned facility is 9,748 square feet, with ample parking on site specifically focusing on creating a worship space capable of seating 200 people. Classroom/office and hospitality space will also be a part of our project and will primarily serve our Children & Family ministries but will ultimately be versatile enough to serve a variety of uses. We’re not exactly sure of the official construction start date but hope that it will be in a month or so as we continue to move forward with building project,” Brandt said.

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