Mid-Winter Update – St Paul’s Sanctuary Restoration.
Well don’t we continue to be blessed by weather!!! So here is the latest on the restoration grape vine…..
a) With the weather on our side the stairs, the sidewalks etc. are all progressing. An early spring finish of this work, inclusive of the railings, is anticipated.
b) The downspout drainage assessment on the east and south sides has been disappointing – our first major pinch point!!! There were several blockages noted with various reasons of cause. Good to know!! New drains have been installed, sewer pipes flushed, the city informed, and downspouts rerouted. With any luck there will no longer be a minor river flow under the church causing interior wall damage on the lower level ( see the walls near the Scouts Den). These costs were unforeseen but necessary for responsible completion of the project.
c) The remaining stained glass windows are due for installation in the next week. There are 5 or 6 panels to be returned to their rightful place.
d) The outdoor lighting at the Cross and the Park entrances has been repaired and should be illuminating our path.
e) The final organ repair work is complete, and
f) The garden committee has been diligent at preparing a plan for garden renewal around the Sanctuary. This will include land grading and re-sodding. All will look lovely in May!!
Overall the project remains on target time wise and within 5% or less of the total projected costs.
Congratulations to the Restoration Task Force for its diligent care of this entrusted project!!!
Now -- Save the Date!
June 3 and 4 are being set aside to celebrate our courageous investment in God’s work in and around our community. June 3rd will be a time to celebrate the history of St Paul’s with a Walk the Windows Tour open to everyone. Watch for details. The 4th is set aside for a Re-dedication of the Sanctuary during the service. And of course, Cake will follow.
Hope this bit of news is informative.
Yours in keeping with God’s will.
Chair, Restoration Task Force