Located in a serene forest east of Woodruff, WI, a new 48,000 sq. ft. church for Holy Family Parish engages its natural setting to create an inviting “Northwoods” worship experience. Built of locally quarried granite, cedar siding, and clear glass, this environmentally responsible south-facing church wraps around a cluster of tall pine trees signifying the spiritual heart of the site as the Place of the Easter Fire. Welcoming 900 to the Worship Space during Fall, Winter, and Spring, the church can accommodate up to 1,400 during the busy Summer vacation season by opening movable walls to the 150 seat Day Chapel and 350 seat Parish Hall. A Gathering Space and Colonnade connect parishioners to a library, conference rooms, and parish offices while affording views of the naturally preserved thirty acre site. A ceremonial stair brings parishioners to the lower level religious education facility where classrooms, offices, and a youth room enjoy natural daylight and views to the north of the site. Outside, prayer paths and nature trails meander among the trees, courtyards, and outdoor worship space. Here, over 1,000 can gather on warm Summer mornings to fully embrace the tranquility of their “Northwoods” sanctuary.