Today there is a boom planted in front of the sanctuary as the glass workers are finaly gettign the frame and glass installed for the cupola. This is one of the remaining outstanding tasks to be completed before we are good to go!
The major transformation that occurred last week was the delivery of all the furniture. The chairs look and feel great, and the chancel furniture is truly a work of art. Check out a picture of it on the link below.
A week ago last Sunday we hosted a group of 45 college students who were taking a “service road trip”, and spent the night in our Fellowship Hall. They asked me if they could see the sanctuary. We went over, and they all sat down in the chairs and marveled at the beauty of the space. This is a group of young adults ranging all over the place in their religious affiliations. The overwhelming response was that it felt that this was a Holy Place.
As we have sought to refresh our worship space to be open and welcoming to the next generation, it was music to my ears to hear these words from their mouths! It was affirmation that we are indeed doing good work in our little corner of the world. I look forward to welcoming many new faces into our sacred space in the years to come.
This morning we had a walk through of the new space. WOW! How it is all coming together. While there are a few tweaks to make over the next few weeks, we are down to a very short punch list.
Just moments ago the outside fencing was taken away, and the dumpster is the next to go. Inside, the floor is complete, and finishing touches on the paint is being done. On Friday all the chairs will arrive and be set up, and Saturday the liturgical furnishings will be delivered.
We are still waiting on the glass and metal framing for the cupola as well as the new exterior doors. Both were held up with a substantial delay due to the excessive flooding at the manufacturing site in PA. What is interesting to note is that when you stand in the sanctuary now, the only place you can hear the traffic sounds coming from us overhead where the plastic sheeting is covering the place where the glass will go in the cupola. Being insulated from the noise of the road will be so nice!
It is amazing the transformation that has occurred just in the past week. The space is so open and bright. It will be such a time of celebration when we are back in this sacred space.
While a firm date has not been confirmed for our first Sunday back, we are looking at sometime shortly after Easter. That will give us time to work through all the little issues that always come up in a new space, and be set and ready to go!
Hope you had the chance to Make your Mark on the flooring of the sanctuary on Sunday! The messages are so moving, and it means so much knowing that these prayers and scriptures will be inscribed in the very place where we will serve communion, baptize people into the faith, and proclaim the good news of the Gospel.
Things are moving along at a very fast pace these days. Much of it we can witness in the sanctuary itself, other things are going on behind the scenes. For instance, the chairs are all completed and just waiting for a finished space to be delivered to. And our new liturgical furniture is completed as well. Pictures of these are below. It is fun to watch how all the pieces are coming together, and to imagine how we will live into this space anew in the years to come!
Our wood artisan from Century Guild has posted the first progress images of the project at this website: http://www.thecenturyguild.com/tcg/projects/93. They are making good progress, as you can see. These pieces haven’t been permanently assembled, but dry assembled to check the fit. They have a lot of sanding and such before final assembly, but you can get a better sense of what they will look like.
This week we had another walk through with the architects, and we are now at the 50% completion point in the project! Incredible work is being down on both the inside and the outside. The obvious things are the roof, perhaps the most dramatic of all. But also, this week they installed all the windows, so you can see inside the sanctuary now. Inside the most notable is the beginning frame for the halo that will house the duct work, speakers, and lighting.
We also sent off the suspended cross for an extended spa trip, you know, for a good exfoliation, and some fresh paint. Will be as good as new when it returns from its North Carolina holiday!
Exciting stuff going on! We continue to closely monitor the work, and welcome questions.
The newly remodeled Sanctuary will have a state of the art Assisted Listening System. To assure that the needs of the congregation are being met, please join us for a discussion with the sound consultant and a demonstration of the new system. Bryan Whitney will be in attendance to assure the system’s use and operation is understood and that it meets the needs of the users in the congregation. If you have any questions or concerns prior to the meeting, please talk with Bryan Whitney or Brent Shoemaker. This meeting will be held in room 105.
Work has begun with the new liturgical furnishings for the sanctuary. While we don’t have any “live” pictures at the moment, Century Guild (the wood artisans who are creating the furniture) has put together a web site for us to track the progress. Thus far it only includes the drawings, but you can check them out and get a sense of what it looks like.
As you have probably noticed, the Sanctuary Renovation continues to move forward. The month of November has seen major work on both the inside and the outside of the building with a very exciting afternoon spent with a crane lifting the new HVAC system, which is about the size of a mini-van, up and over the Sanctuary! The following is a list of items that have been started or completed this month:
· Selection and ordering of the Sanctuary chairs.
· Design completed and construction begun of the Liturgical Furnishings.
· Removal and refurbishing of the Celtic Cross has begun.
· Framing and refurbishing of the Cupola is in progress and will be finished by the end of the November.
· Removal of existing roofing will be completed by the end of the month and the new roof will be promptly installed. Balancing the weather with the removal and installation is a delicate task!
· Roughing in of all interior lighting has been completed.
· Completion of concrete work to include the new choir walkway, the chancel, and all areas where electrical boxes were placed into the floor.
· Formation of concrete interior portal will be finished by the end of the November.
· Installation of the Halo, frame and duct work, finished by the end of the November.
· Painting of exterior and interior components is in progress.
In general, there is a lot going on! Last Sunday, there were roughly 20 members of the Congregation that came into the Sanctuary after the 11:00 am Service. It was really great to have folks in the Sanctuary to see the progress that is being made and see, first hand, the work that is being done and certainly the progress that is being made. We are trying to have more members of the Congregation in the Sanctuary on Sundays. Please join us… it is truly an amazing transformation of an amazing space. We are getting there and, by the way, remain on schedule and under budget!
So much is happening this week and next, it is hard to keep up with it all! Take a look on Sunday at the new paint job on the outside. When I have pointed it out to folks, they have to take a second look, because it looks so natural, with how well it compliments the support beams of the walkway to the Education Building. The only problem is that now you can REALLY see how bad off the roof is. The good news is that the roof work begins this Monday, so lots of visible outside changes to be done VERY soon!
In addition to that,
* The sidewalk has been poured around the sides of the building, providing safe passage to and from the side/emergency exit doors.
* The niches on the back wall to provide storage have been built.
* The electrical work is well underway, especially the new electrical/AV boxes in the floor.
* Framing has begun for the “halo” to go around the lower ceiling to provide improved lighting, sound, and duct work.
* The divide between the 2 sets of doors between the narthex and sanctuary has been removed (and amply supported!!!). That has made the biggest difference to me so far. It REALLY opens the room up.
Next week, major items include roof removal, and pouring the cement to level out the floor in the sanctuary. We are going to be able to see some major changes very soon!
And don’t forget to give hearty thanks and encouragement to Brent Shoemaker, who has spent countless hours tracking more details than I can begin to imagine. And to John Hagner, who has provided expert legal counsel in negotiating contracts and bank loans.