The other part of the project is to replace the old
elevator, which had been stuck between floors since December. It was declared
dead in January. The new one is to be installed the second week of
Yes, these are ambitious commitments. They have been
in the planning stages for at least two years, along with plans for a new pipe
organ designed for our sanctuary by world-renown organ builders Casavant
Frères and an architectural design to convert the Undercroft into community
rooms and a rehearsal-and-performance space.
Much hard work has gone into all of these plans, including
years of volunteer time given by dedicated and experienced parish leaders. As
of May, no decisions had been made about going forward on any of this. Funding options
were in discussion. The future of this historic church, our mission, our call
from God -- all of this was under discernment as we worked through challenging
ideas in the two books by Dwight Zscheile and aired our
differences about the name of our church.
But then, the old elevator died, forcing the Vestry to
move ahead with the new elevator. Since that work was tied up with the entire
re-design for the Parish House, the Finance Committee recommended and the
Vestry approved moving ahead with the whole package. It would have cost far more to make these separate
So the work is underway. The noise and inconvenience
are temporary. The church-wide discussion will continue.
Look to this website for more information. If you have
questions, ask your Vestry members.
Click here for Construction Photos
-- Doug Cumming