May God Bless You Today

Bill with Eric Gjelvik, Dr. John Lautenschlager, Bob Gill and others.

Thank you, Dr. Bill Matzat and Concordia Lutheran Church Kirkwood
May God Bless You Today

Dr. Bill Matzat and many Concordia, Kirkwood members together with Peace Center volunteers from around the world have helped make the Peace Center much more beautiful and functional.  Bill’s painstaking grouting May God Bless You Today above the entrance welcomes everyone!  The team has further enhanced the entrance with a wall of glass block windows and more decorative wood work that names the building and our purpose.

Installing a new window

During the past eleven years the CFNA Peace Center at 4019 S. Grand Blvd., has been the beneficiary of no less that 11 (yes, 11!) renovation and/or enhancement projects provided by servant event teams from Concordia.  These teams led by Rev. Bill Matzat have made the entire facility more efficient, eye-pleasing and safer.

The first project was the renovation of the kitchen and fellowship room.  Tearing off outdated wall paper, adding coats of fresh paint and new tile flooring added much beauty and warmth.  Notable improvements elsewhere in the building included glass block windows for the first floor Computer Room and basement areas, providing a feeling of space and light as well as adding security.  More protection was added with wire mesh cages for our a/c and windows not visible from the street.  The parking area was covered with a wooden deck and now is always dry for games.  A playground was created with decking, seating areas, flowering trees, play equipment, and fencing.   The most recent servant event, this past June, added a horizontal ladder (see photo).

Thank you Pastor Bill, Concordia servant event participants, and our New American friends for a job well done!  May God bless you today!

Andrew Bergantz, Noah & Ethan Gjelvik add mulch to the playground

Rev. Al & Carol Buckman
Concordia, Kirkwood


Children enjoying the playground