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About the Sanctuary Refresh

The refresh committee was formed to address repairs, updates, and safety issues in the sanctuary.  The sanctuary has a rich history and traditions for each of us and we want to honor and preserve, to the best of our ability, the those cherished elements of our worship space while also enhancing the space so that it may continue to serve our faith community for years to come.

 

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Revive Mission Minute (1)

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Revive Mission Minute (2)

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Revive Mission Minute (3)

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Revive Mission Minute (4)

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Information for the Proposal to Sell Two Lots from Church Farm Property

There will be a vote on June 12 to decide if some of the non-farmland property at the church farm should be sold.  

It is being considered because of the current high property values and the need for funding for the Refresh Project.  
 

On May 3 the Eureka township planning commission gave preliminary approval to the lot splits shown below.  
 

Only two parcels will be on the ballot to sell at this time. Each of these parcels can build up to a 5000 square foot out building. The parcels would include:

  •  Lot #1 has the parsonage house built in 1940, a detached garage and is approximately 2.6 acres

  •  Lot #2 has the ballpark and woods, a building right for a house and is approximately 3.55 acres

 

Also picture is Lot #3 which is mainly woods and approximately 6 acres. This lot is for a future house site and is not being proposed to sell. There is no building right for a house at this time on this lot.  


The income from the sale of this property would be used to help fund the Refresh Project.  Any extra funds would be put into a fund for capital improvements.


Bruce Mohn will present more information during the coffee hour on June 5 regarding the sale of this property. If you would like to get in contact with Bruce outside of that coffee hour, please contact the office.

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Forum Questions and Answers

  • Will there be car and traffic noise from the large window above the altar?

    • The windows are thermal and double paned. Both sides of the glass are ¼” thick and there is ½” of argon air space in between for a total thickness of 1”. It is doubtful road noise will be an issue due to the distance from the road and thickness of the window.

 

  • When sitting in the sanctuary, what will we see? Cars, trucks?

    • The height of the large altar window will be about one foot above the current paneling on the front of the sanctuary wall. The view for the congregation will be upwards. It may include treetops but likely the sky and clouds.

  • Is stone front wall too close to the altar for the Pastor to move around easily?

    • This consideration is being addressed in the plan.

  • Why paint the wood ceiling!?

    • The Refresh team had several discussions about painting the ceiling. The purpose of painting the ceiling is to brighten the sanctuary, accentuate the wood beams, tone down the amount of wood, and most importantly bring your eye to the focal point of the cross. Please give this some consideration and the team hopes it will grow on you as it did with us!

  • What is the durability of the white paint or whitewash on the sanctuary ceiling?

    • The current wood ceiling has not been cleaned since the 1960’s! It is dirty and there are even handprints when you look closely. The goal is to lighten the ceiling and there may be more cost with cleaning, sanding, and staining the ceiling wood vs. painting. A high-quality product would be used on the ceiling to maximize wear and tear if painted.

  • Will the fellowship hall ceiling be painted also?

    • Yes!

  • Where are the organ speakers in the new plan?

    • The new sound system will incorporate the organ, band, and vocal systems into one which will be smaller and more discrete in appearance.

  • Will the stone walls extend to display flowers and other ornamentations?

    • Since we do not have flowers or ornaments every Sunday, it was felt it was better to use stands when indicated instead of a permanent display area.

  • Could the chapel area be only chairs to may it easier to re-arrange for visitations or meetings?

    • Non-stackable wood chairs will be supplementing the new pews. Storage of the chairs when not in use is a consideration. Pews in the chapel can be moved to the Sunday school wing temporarily if the space is needed.

  • How will the wood luxury vinyl plank handle nicks and scuffs? Will a puncture look white?

    • Stephanie McKenna Interior Design shared that vinyl has a very durable surface that has been proven to hold up to commercial traffic. If any black shoe scuffs occur, they can easily be removed with a tennis ball on a pole.

  • Could the door to the sacristy be moved from the altar area to the north-east side of the sacristy on the floor level?

    • The team thought this was a great idea and it has been added to the plan!

  • Will the green carpet color be trendy and need to be replaced in a few years?

    • This was given consideration by the team and the team has put trust in our interior decorator who acknowledges that green in some shades can be in the neutral realm. It will complement our wood tones well and be in harmony with nature all around us.

  • What will happen if we don’t get all the funds from the congregation?

    • Once the pledge cards are returned, the finance team and the Congregational Council will provide options of how this project could be funded. The congregation will have information about the plans for funding prior to the second vote to proceed with the project.

  • Why were handicap-accessible bathrooms not discussed in the plan?

    • The scope of this project was sanctuary refresh, and the issue did not surface in early discussions. The team is now aware of the concerns regarding handicap accessibility in the bathrooms, and our contractor along with David Frame are looking at possibilities for both the men’s and women’s bathrooms as well as the cost to add this to the project.

  • Will there be extra carpet purchased for patching? Will a new square match an older one?

    • Yes. Additional squares will be purchased. One of the reasons to switch to carpet squares is patching. Most commercial buildings use squares to replace worn areas easily. It is difficult to control light exposure to carpet but there is flexibility with square placement which can help camouflage a replacement square.

  • Why are we taking on such a big project?

    • Building maintenance has been put off for years and now needs attention. Many of the changes are related and the time to address them is now since one thing affects another. Our congregation is more than 165 years old. We are preparing our worship space for the generations to come to continue Christiania’s ministry.

 
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