One of PRISM’s newest clients, McCree General Contractors & Architects of Orlando, FL, has two significant projects underway. We are honored to be part of the fundraising effort for two new churches the firm designed and will be building.
Just west of Orlando, Winter Garden, FL, sits on the shores of Lake Apopka. This small suburb is home to one of the oldest Lutheran churches in Florida, the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. The congregation began as a home church in 1885. By 1891, the church had grown and started a small school. During World War I, “Lutheran” became synonymous with “German” and Zion Church was targeted for hate crimes and was vandalized. The church remained true to their mission. Over the decades, the church grew and shrank, reorganized, and adopted the new slogan, “God’s Truth for You.”
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is in growth mode again. PRISM developed renderings for their fundraising campaign for a new building. At a modest 9,125 s.f., it will house an altar, nave, narthex, and fellowship/bible study area. Construction will start in 2022. Stewart Neilson is the designer and Tom F. Griffin is the architect, both of McCree General Contractors & Architects.
The same firm designed another small community church, the Heart of Mercy Church in Orlando, FL. The 2,400 s.f building is a new sanctuary and fellowship hall. It is currently in fundraising, using the rendering from PRISM to communicate the church vision and help with donations. Heart of Mercy Church is relatively new, opening in 2003. Their mission is clear, to offer a place for the children and families of the community to be the people God created them to be.
Impactful is how we’d describe both of these projects. They both hold great opportunities for the people they will serve in the communities where they will be located.