121-year-old Wisconsin church moves on wheels to new location

The pastor of a 121-year-old Wisconsin church told Fox News it's been a long process moving the building on wheels to its new location.

Burke Lutheran Church in Madison held online services like a lot of other churches amid the coronavirus pandemic, but over the weekend the congregation made an even bigger change.

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"It has been a long process and very nerve-wracking due to the fact that so many people have a long history with this congregation," Pastor Robert Neubert told Fox News.

121-year-old Wisconsin church moves on wheels to new location.

121-year-old Wisconsin church moves on wheels to new location. (Courtesy of Burke Lutheran Church)

The 121-year-old sanctuary was raised up and moved Saturday. The move -- about 300 feet, Neubert said -- will give the church, which was surrounded by a cemetery, more parking, full handicap accessibility and greater capacity.

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Bruce Boseben, treasurer of the congregation, told WKOW that the discussions to build a new building began around 30 years ago, "but it never got any support because the older folks like the old building."

121-year-old Wisconsin church moves on wheels to new location.

121-year-old Wisconsin church moves on wheels to new location. (The pastor of a 121-year-old church in Madison, Wisc. told Fox News it's been a "long" and "nerve-wracking" process moving the building on wheels to its new location.)

With everyone at home due to the coronavirus, the time was right to move the building.

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The pastor said the church hopes to connect the sanctuary to a building, which includes an office and education wing, in the new location next week and be fully ready for in-person services by Christmas.