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):