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Star of Bethlehem Church
Star of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church
New Berlin, WI

The Star of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church engaged Potente to serve as liturgical design consultant for their new structure.
Working with the committee and the builder, Potente proposed a strong communitarian floor plan for the sanctuary. An eight-sided platform of two risers with seating in pews and chairs arranged in a strong angled configuration serves to accentuate the role of the assembly and to make the worship focus more central. The floor is completely done in porcelain tile to maximize the musical qualities of the building. Potente designed and fabricated the furnishings using oak and mahogany woods with Venetian mosaic accents. The moving water baptismal font is sculptural in design, with a bottocino marble shell-shaped basin and bronze wave-like ornament. Potente selected the paint colors, the seating and the upholstery. The windows, designed and fabricated in our studios, were suggested by the owner’s representatives and express the role of the star in scripture.