Restore, Renew, Rejoice! Capital Campaign
On Monday, January 13, work began on the restoration and renewal of our organ and sanctuary. During much of the first eight or nine months of 2020, work will require our flexibility on Sunday mornings for worship.
Scaffolding will be present on Sunday mornings as it is too time-consuming and expensive to put it up and take it down every week. In addition, on January 20, the Létourneau Organ Company began removing the present organ and pipes from the loft. The erection of cranes and scaffolding to do that work will result in the loss of about one-third of our seating capacity.
It will be safe for us to worship in the sanctuary during the coming stretch of time but the seating configuration likely will be different every week. What’s the saying? “Short-term pain for long-term gain.” Because you are a good-humored congregation with great generosity of spirit, I expect us to make it through these disruptive months in fine shape. It may be slightly jarring to move from favorite spots in the sanctuary while work progresses, but as I watch the news and see the way so many people suffer in so many ways, it’s not really such a big deal, is it? So, I thank you in advance for your flexibility and good nature. Our inconvenience over the next nine months will make possible a refreshed and comfortable sanctuary as well as a fully-functioning and expressive organ not only for us, but for generations of Market Square worshipers to come.
Below are images from January 19, 2020: the last worship service before the organ was removed for reconstruction, the Adult Forum, and the campaign kickoff party in Fellowship Hall. Click on the video to see the Restore, Renew, Rejoice! campaign presentation.