Faith Lutheran Church just outside Peachtree City, in Georgia in preparation for an upcoming conference.
Pr. Schroeder's church is simply gorgeous. It totally achieves a blending of classic church architecture with meeting modern needs. You walk into the nave and you know you are in the presence of Christ the King, whose image adorns the stained glass above the altar. The floor of the sanctuary is flagstone and the outside walls of stone also. A tall bell tower forms the entry way. A large gathering space pushes the bounds of "Narthex" and communicates right away: "Glad you're here with us! Glad together we can go into the house of the Lord!"
It was exciting to hear from Pr. Schroeder about how liturgical worship done excellently and with integrity has been appealing to the folks in the community and how many who had had no church background at all (bonafide heathen!) had been brought into the Church's sphere of influence through a growing preschool and then brought into the Church itself through patient catechesis and the worship life of the parish. They now are approaching 500 baptized and still growing.
Pr. Schroeder shared much of this as we feasted on freshly smoked sockeye salmon and downed a fabulously dark German beer or two under a massive oak towards the back of the large property. I picked up a Bible study that Pr. Schoeder had done on the Supper - it was outstanding in its clarity AND its depth.
So fancy that: right in the heart of Georgia, a WELS parish took root and grew by being intentionally Lutheran. How sweet is that, I ask you? I'm glad we'll be visiting the parish again in the near future!