About Our Office
Before its renovation, the Nebraska District LCMS office was a building with limits in accessibility, technology, and overall usability for the ministry needs of today. The District office serves as a gateway to Seward for visitors arriving from the east, but the previous design was closed off and unwelcoming. So that visitors and Seward residents may know of the ministry occurring within the District office, the building has been designed to be more visually inviting to guests as they enter the town.
The renovation of the District office has created new gathering and meeting spaces, allowing the District staff to host workshops and meetings on-site rather than paying to rent space off-site. The District Office basement has been converted into a new boardroom with kitchenette, allowing meetings for up to 80 people. This space is available free-of-charge for congregations and ministries seeking a venue for an off- site retreat or meeting, to further the District Office’s mission to serve congregations, workers, and members.
The original office configurations did not allow for adequate privacy or soundproofing so that sensitive conversations may occur, and that need was addressed in the renovation.
Those with mobility difficulties previously faced challenges within the District Office. The renovation created an accessible entrance in the lower level on the east side, and a lift near this new entrance offers access to both floors. The updates also included moving the main entrance to the west, near street access and the upper parking lot, allowing for a more logical and visitor-friendly entrance. Entrances and expanded restrooms are also ADA compliant, allowing all to be better served.
Expanded archival space allows the District to better preserve the records of our congregations.
In addition to workplace efficiencies, upgrades were made to the over-worked electrical system and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems were overhauled.
The renovation was planned and designed by Clark & Enersen, and the construction carried out by Rogge General Contractors. Our Building Together. In Christ. For Mission. capital campaign was assisted by the Steier Group. Loan assistance was provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund.
Sculpture from the Center for Liturgical Art
We are reminded in the glint of ceramic mosaic of our Savior’s triumphal victory over death. The light of Christ’s resurrection shines out in a great burst of light and color.
On the reverse side deep blue stucco depicts a fingerprint, indicative of Christ as true man. The bright center with dimming periphery suggests an upward view from a great depth or out of a great darkness, emphasizing the mortality that is so essential in what it means to be truly human. This allows the viewer to on one side contemplate Christ’s mortality (as well as their own) before passing around to the other side and experiencing the splendor of the resurrection. By faith we participate in Christ’s resurrection, and through the work of the Holy Spirit he uses our “fingerprint” on the world to touch others with his love and grace.
This sculpture’s concept and design come from Mark Anschutz, and has been brought to life by the efforts of Zach Moll, the Center for Liturgical Art’s 2019 Fellow.
Trinity Stained Glass Window
During the renovation of the District office in 2018, the architects decided to retain and relocate the Trinity stained glass window, created and designed by Rev. and Mrs. Peter Awe-Lallemant in 1987.
The rolling hills depict the beautiful geography of Nebraska. The hills of Nebraska are covered with grain, corn, milo, soybeans, alfalfa, and grass. The growing stalk of corn indicates some of the primary crops and the fruits of the fields of Nebraska. The ears on the stalk of corn show the bountiful harvest that the Lord so richly provides as fruits of the work of the people of Nebraska.
The rainbow, an ancient sign, reaches from heaven to earth and depicts the Lord’s protection upon His people and creation. It indicates the Lord’s special blessing upon the Nebraska District, directing its ministry, blessing the people and congregations of the district. God our Father is the source of our protection and blessing, as depicted by the hand. The greatest blessing is the salvation which God offers us in Christ Jesus, as depicted by the ancient symbol of the fish. The Spirit of God is depicted in the dove. The Holy Spirit brings us to faith and keeps us in faith. Our prayer is that His spirit, indicated by the dove of peace, may lead us in our Christian life, bringing forth fruits for the kingdom.”
The Circuits of the Nebraska District
In our workroom, we have images of one congregation from each of our District’s circuits set in the shape of our District, which comprises most of the state of Nebraska, minus the panhandle.