At our Special Congregational Meeting this past Tuesday evening, the membership voted unanimously to take $84,500.00 from our endowments to invest in repainting in the Church and in the Parish House. We’ve spoken with the painters, and the timeline for painting should go like this: A construction team will arrive on May 3rd and take about a week to set up scaffolding in the Sanctuary. Then beginning on May 10th, the painters show up and plan on taking two to three weeks to finish painting the Sanctuary as well as the Lecture Room, Choir Room, Kitchen, and Entry Hall. That means every space in the Church should be all shiny-bright and new-looking be the end of either the final week of May or the first week of June.
Now, you might be wondering: What will we do about worship while the painting is going on? And that’s a good question. We’ve been assured by the painters that, even with the scaffolding in place, we should be able to livestream our worship service, so that shouldn’t be an issue. The wildcard in our plans, though, is the paint itself. Since you’re all been in our church, you know that there is a LOT of painting that needs to be done in there–which means there is going to be a LOT of paint smell! Will the paint smell be so bad it makes everyone on the Worship Team ill, or will it not be so bad after all? At this point, we just don’t know. But even if the paint smell is overwhelming in church, we can always set up our livestreaming operation in Culbertson Hall over at the Parish House, since one of the great things about livestreaming is that it’s pretty portable. Another option, of course, would be to move worship outside for a couple of Sundays while the painting is going on, which would also give interested people a chance to come back to church–or at least to our property. The problem with that is that the Great Outdoors doesn’t have very good internet service, which would mean that we can’t livestream our worship service if we we’re outside. Well, whatever happens with the painting, rest assured that we’ll do something with worship, and we’ll let you know what it is in advance, of course. However it works out, though, it will be worth to get the interior of the Church back in first-class shape!
And speaking of getting things in first-class shape, there are two things that you–yes, you–can do to help out. First, for the next several weeks you’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to help us winnow our church’s vast collection of miscellaneous stuff. All you need to do is show up at church between 9:30 am and noon, between Monday and Friday, any time during the month of April, and look over the collection of stuff on the tables in the Lecture Room. And if you see something you like there–just take it, its yours! Same thing with the stuff in the Choir Room, including the books in the bookcases–if you see something you like, or a book you would like to read, you can feel free to help yourself! We can’t remember the last time we used the stuff you’ll find in the Lecture Room, or the last time someone borrowed a book from the library in the Choir Room, and so, rather than just throwing that stuff out, we want to give all of you a chance to go through it and see if there anything you’d like for yourself! Oh, and if you’re not available during the week, the church will be open this Sunday (that’s tomorrow) from 11:00-1:00 so you can look things over!
And one last thing, for the first time in a couple of years we’re going to be having an outdoor cleanup day on Sunday, May 2nd. Why a Sunday, you ask? Well, because that will also be a Drive-Through Communion day, so we’re hoping you’ll come for Communion–and stay for the Cleanup!