A Lutheran school in northwest Omaha hit all the right notes Sunday during a dedication ceremony for its new activities center.
The music of the Concordia Junior-Senior High band and the select choir and the message of guest speaker Dr. David Peter of St. Louis had the roughly 250 people gathered in the gymnasium nodding their heads.
Peter, a Grand Island native who now is a faculty member at Concordia Seminary, praised the $5.9 million addition to the campus at 156th and Fort Streets.
“I’m in awe of the beauty and functionality of this place. It is truly impressive,” he said.
Equally impressive, Peter said, is the dedication of the school’s parents, who spend “thousands of dollars” a year to ensure their children receive a strong education backed by faith in God. The cost is worth it, he said.
“Because spiritual truth has an impact for eternity,” he said. “That truth is what this school is all about.”
The Bill and Berniece Grewcock Activities Center is named for the Omaha couple who contributed $3 million to the project. The Grewcocks previously donated 40 acres of land and a building that enabled the school to open in 2001 with 45 students.
Bill Grewcock worked at Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc. for 56 years, retiring as vice chairman of the construction and mining firm.
He said after the ceremony that the project was the result of many collaborators.
“We planted a seed,” he said, “but a lot of people contributed to this.”
Along with the new competition gymnasium, the expansion project also added six classrooms, an expanded commons area, new front entrance and more parking. The former gym, which holds 300 spectators, will remain as a practice facility.
Cristine Minneman, the school’s campaign and relationships coordinator, said the new basketball court in the activities center was named in honor of Geri Fletcher, who died of cancer in 2010 and whose children attended the school.
Fletcher was a driving force in the project, Minneman said.
Fletcher’s husband, Dr. Scott Fletcher, told the audience that his wife never wavered in her support of Concordia. She loved attending the school’s sporting events and took pride in the education their children received there, he said.
“This (dedication) would be very special to her, and I know she’s smiling as she looks down on us now,” he said.
Concordia High School is a member of the Centennial Conference and competes in Class C-1 in football, basketball and volleyball. Concordia also has track and cross-country teams.
The Concordia Schools system also includes Concordia Academy, which serves about 500 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Concordia Schools is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is supported by an association of 16 congregations in and around the Omaha area.