Grace looks better than ever in both Founders Hall as well as the kitchen. These two spaces have had a facelift like never before!
The kitchen is finally finished minus a couple kinks that need to be worked out but other that Grace now has a fully functional commercial kitchen from which the bakery can operate and food can be served for the many who come to events and the Mobile Food Pantry.
The new kitchen utilized as much as it could from the old kitchen such as sinks, the baking ovens and carts a few new items are the new stove, a new dishwasher, a coffee maker and exhaust hood. The dishwasher and coffee maker are extremely easy to use so just ask and we will teach you.
A special thanks to all of those who worked on this project and those who generously gave what you could so that this could become a reality.
Check back to see some pictures on how awesome things are looking around here!
The first project of Rebuilding Grace was changing the lighting in Founders Hall, the narthex (Smith Lounge) and the Grace offices. About 50 volunteers came out to change out the lighting system to a green energy efficient lighting.
The second project of Rebuilding Grace was the renovation of Founders Hall, the Bethel Room, the men’s and women’s bathrooms off of Founders Hall, the hallway to the elevator on the lower level and the three adjoining rooms off of Founders Hall. A crew of about 30 volunteers helped with the removal of the carpeting, moving furniture and equipment and general clean-up of the area and several other storage areas. The walls were finished, wallpapered and painted. The bathrooms were completely remodeled, including tiling along the exterior wall of the men’s bathroom to fix a leakage problem in the men’s bathroom. New flooring was installed throughout the project area. Motion detectors were installed throughout the project area to conserve energy. The Founders Hall project was dedicated on June 17, 2012.
Two landscaping projects have been completed. The first project is located near the bell tower in the Southeast end of our building. It was funded through memorial funds in memory of Art Anderson. This project will be dedicated on July 15, 2012.
The second landscaping project is located on the Grand Avenue side of our building and was organized as an Eagle Project directed by Toshio Osuga. Another 15-20 volunteers helped with tree and shrub removal and planting of new shrubs and trees. Funding in large part was from a memorial for Greg Edwards. Dedication for this project will be held on August 12, 2012.
The kitchen and narthex bathrooms renovation project began on July 9, 2012. More updates to follow.
This Sunday is Commitment Sunday. Members should have received information on the three-year Rebuilding Grace building commitment, as well as the 2012 stewardship commitment. The information and forms are available here. We’re asking everyone to prayerfully consider how they can support the ministries of the church and Rebuilding Grace, and to bring your pledges to worship this Sunday, November 20.
There will be a Commitment Sunday Brunch from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. that everyone is invited to attend.
Our pledges, gifts and prayers will be received as joyful and thankful expressions of gratitude to God for the blessings we have received. If you are unable to be at worship, we ask that you mail or bring your pledges to the church prior to November 20.
Still have questions? See our Questions and Answers page or call the church office at (815) 633-8075.
The Rebuilding Grace steward visitors are in the process of meeting with the members of the congregation. They will be presenting everyone with information about the appeal, a survey, and answering any questions you might have.
If you need another copy of the forms, you can download PDFs here:
Rebuilding Grace Brochure
Annual Stewardship Brochure
Who Says It Has To Be Cash?
What Do You Think?
There’s a lot to learn about Rebuilding Grace, and you undoubtedly will have questions.
What is the Rebuilding Grace Appeal? What is included in the building plan? How much will it cost? How can I plan my pledge?
We’ve added a Questions and Answers page to answer these and more.
The Rebuilding Grace creative team has created this blog to help keep everyone up-to-date on the Rebuilding Grace appeal.
On Sept. 11, the congregation voted overwhelmingly to go ahead with a building fund appeal. Our core team has been meeting since mid-September and our Leadership Team was commissioned in worship on Sept. 25.
You may have heard the faith talks in worship last Sunday, October 9, and you will be hearing more from us throughout the fall. Our goals are about much more than improving the building, though. We aim to connect with everyone in the congregation and receive your feedback and ideas for the ministry at Grace. We’ll be asking you to prayerfully consider how you can help enable us to strengthen our ministry at Grace.
Please see our about page for more information, or you are always free to call the church office at 815-633-8075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org