We're moving into the last parts of plastering, and painting will soon begin! These pictures may look similar to last week's, but there's some noticeable progress.
We're excited to share that our service team has planned some upcoming service opportunities, with many more in the works!
The Serve page on this site is now the home for all current service opportunities! Check back there often, and see our progress towards our goal of 250 hours of serving together!
Monday, July 15 began the next major step in our Grow-Restore-Serve building projects, the plaster repair and repainting in the sanctuary! The damage to the sanctuary interior, most significant over the altar and the two largest stained glass windows on either side, was caused by the roof leaks and damage. Now that the roof work is complete and everything is dry and holding, the plaster work has begun!
Our sanctuary is mostly plaster, not drywall or another (easier) material. It's been repaired and patched in a variety of ways over the years. We're taking the opportunity here to do it right, fix these repairs, and repaint the interior for a fresh, protected space for worship for the decades to come! Our plasterer is a craftsman whose family has done this for generations, and his son is assisting him. The new plaster that is in is smooth and beautiful, and we're shoring up the integrity of much of the existing plaster, so that this work can last.
Here are some shots of how the work has evolved over the altar (front/center of sanctuary):
When undertaking big goals, it matters that your leaders are on board and that we share a vision together. Your council leaders believe in this capital campaign, and are making generous advance commitments - faithfully going first to lead our congregation forward. The congregation voted unanimously on 4/14 to move forward with this plan, and our council leaders have devoted time and passed forward the detailed campaign plan unanimously as well.
God's Spirit is moving - we've got a vision for the future of our congregation, and excitement for moving forward toward these goals. We continue to grow and welcome new members, as we share and celebrate our congregation's history. Faith is being built here, as it has since 1769!
We can't yet announce totals, but soon we'll share, and celebrate our leaders' collective pledge toward the campaign, and possibly a challenge gift.
Want to discuss an advance or challenge gift? Contact Erik Atlas, financial secretary, email@example.com, or Pastor Brett, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to share that phase one of the roof repair is now complete! The needed roof repair was divided into two phases in order to manage cost. Because the work is time-sensitive and the sooner it's completed the better, our council leaders decided to start as soon as possible, utilizing designated building funds. Phase 1 work came to a total cost of $34,850, slightly above the estimate, due to needed repair of the wood rafters below the tiles (pictured). We knew there would be some likely surprises and further work needed, and built in an adequate cushion in planning for the roof repair.
Now, Phase 2 will begin soon, likely the week of 5/20, tackling the areas over the Luther and Luther Rose windows, as well as the back of the sanctuary over the organ and choir. The area by the choir has had some noticeable leaking in recent rains, so we're eager to have this repaired and sealed.
Roof work may not be the most exciting, but it's really important - keeping our sanctuary protected and caring for our building is important stewardship. Plus, it happens to be beautiful - check out the glint of copper in our restored flashing and the tiles that crown our building!