Zion Lutheran Church holds dedication for new community gathering area called Luther Square

Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 8:07 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau celebrated its new outdoor space during a dedication ceremony on Sunday.

The church has named the area Luther Square. Work to create the landscaped outdoor green space and ceremony area began this spring. Luther Square is on the church property and it open to the public. It’s located near Franklin Street and N 7th Street.

Before the dedication, a processional was held around the block. Worshippers then congregated inside the square. The church plans to use the area for worship, events, Sunday school and more. The President of the Zion Congregation, Steve Zeinemann said the square will have a lot of purposes, mainly to build connections.

“I think they’ll be a lot of socializing going on here,” said Zeinemann.

After the dedication, there were lots of smiling faces and laughter among the chatter. Zeinemann also thinks it will be a good place for people to reflect.

“Hopefully they are going to enjoy the beauty... the tranquility of the area around here. So if they are having a bad day and they just need a quiet place to go and sit and ponder, this could be a place,” said Zeinemann.

He said Luther Square is designed with intention.

“All of the crosswalks that are in here, like I said, they’re all focused at the back of the church where we have the large cross,” said Zeinemann.

The church plans to add large light poles lining the middle section and possibly some benches for seating. They also want to plant almost 4,000 plants. Click here to see original designs.

The company that the church worked with for designing the square sent out a survey with what the square would look like when completed.

“They had a lot of people that said, ‘Wow, where is that gonna be? I’m going to want go there,” said Zeinemann.

Zeinemann said people in the neighborhood told him that they enjoy hearing the service outside.

The church purchased the property almost 20 years ago with no idea what it would be for, according to Zeinemann. He said that he’s glad they now have found a good use for it.

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