From Alex’s Study
The month of May will bring SIGNIFICANT changes to our worship and common life: beginning with our WORSHIP on May 7, we re-locate to the Chapel, and also to the Dining Room where we plan to have live-streaming video for overflow, for the coming months (May-August). During this time, our historic sanctuary will be re-furbished and refreshed.
This work on our Sanctuary is the first part of the major Capital Campaign – “Shining the Light of God’s Grace” - as we approach our church’s 175th anniversary in 2020.
We are most grateful for the leadership and guidance of the Sanctuary Renovation Committee: Joe Yates, Sloan White, Henry Tenser, Kathy McDaniel, Rob Fergusson, Don Falls, Greg Dickie, Dick Gibbons, and Franklin Graham (chairman).
The overall project contains the following elements:
- update and replace the Sanctuary lighting system
- replace the fire sprinkler “heads” in the existing sprinkler system
- replace HVAC systems for Sanctuary and Chapel (completed)
- repair and restoration of front stained glass windows and frame
- cleaning of Sanctuary ceiling
- replace Sanctuary carpeting
- replacement of pew cushions and upholstery
- replacement of interior doors in connector to parking deck
- replacement of brass choir loft railing
- insulation of Sanctuary ceiling
- scaffolding of Sanctuary to facilitate various construction elements.
Some important guidelines have also been established for this work. Any and all renovations will conform to the historical nature of the Sanctuary and the original designs. All construction should occur between May 1 and August 31 to allow worship services to move more easily to the Chapel, when summer attendance is usually lower. Replacement of the sprinkler heads must occur, by law, before 2018, which requires the scaffolding; while the scaffolding is in place, we want to complete the other work as well. The church is consulting with historical, acoustic and video experts for this project.
The total costs for this renovation and refreshment approximates $1.5 million. To date, for the Shining the Light Campaign, we have almost $4 million in pledges and gifts toward the $5 million goal. The Capital Campaign Committee continues to meet and work and give regular updates to the Session. Other pieces of the Campaign, in preparation for 2020, include plans and possibilities in other parts of our historic and wonderful facility, and for outreach and mission in the city and the world. More decisions will be made in the coming months and years related to these parts of this Capital Campaign. We are most grateful for God’s grace and Spirit at work among us.
As we move into this project, the opening words to Psalm 127 speak to us: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.”