Restoring Our Lord’s House
Our Lord’s is a great place to be and has been for over 50 years!
This is a great time in the life of our church. Our Lord’s services are vibrant and welcoming to all members and visitors. Our campus includes the Worship Center (sanctuary, nursery, small gathering rooms, fellowship hall, and Fair Trade space), Life Center (office space, classrooms, two kitchens, and a large dining area in the lower level), and Chapel in the Pines (an outdoor space encouraging peace and reflection). We offer two distinct styles of worship but always convey the same message of Christ’s love. Our facilities are used extensively by church members as well as other organizations in the community.
To continue to minister to our members, our guests, and our community we spent much of 2021 addressing the physical needs of our Worship Center facilities in a 2 phase capital campaign entitled “Restoring OUR LORD’s House.”
Funds received as of 01/01/2022
Through volunteer assistance with moving furniture, demolition of the kitchen, painting, general maintenance, other tasks, and everyone's outpouring of financial giving Phase 1 is complete. Each wall has a fresh coat of paint, all flooring has been installed, and the kitchen cabinetry and countertops are ready for use. We are also excited to announce that Phase 1 was $10,000 below budget!
Phase 2 tasks (signage, furnishings, restroom upgrades) are now also complete! The entry door 'Welcome' signage has been installed, the new bathroom vanities are in place, and the youth room furniture is ready for use. The flooring in the fellowship hall has been meticulously put in place and we expect a delivery of upholstered seating for the narthex and new table stands for the commons area in the early spring. New air conditioning units and sealing of the sanctuary ceiling will be completed at a later time.
View of Kitchen with pass-through removed.
View from kitchen into fellowship hall.
View of new cabinetry from fellowship hall toward kitchen.
View of new serving area from patio exit doors in fellowship hall.
Look what we have accomplished in a year! Restoring Our Lord's House has come to a close.
The remodeling project began in January 2021 with the removal of the kitchen cabinetry and relocation of all furniture from the narthex, commons, nursery, conference room, Fair Trade ministry space, sanctuary, and youth room to the fellowship hall. Painting of all spaces occurred late January through February. Flooring in identified spaces was removed and followed with installation of carpet and vinyl, a 3-week process occurring in March. April through May saw the installation of the kitchen cabinets with countertop installation following in June. A defect in the vinyl flooring was found and completion of the flooring was delayed until a new product was received. In late May the defective flooring was removed with new flooring installed. Furniture for the narthex and commons was ordered at the end of July (production and delivery was delayed by several months due to the pandemic). As spaces were completed furniture was removed from the fellowship hall and in August the process of remodeling the fellowship hall began. The space was cleared, walls painted, old carpet removed, and new carpet tiles installed. In addition to the work completed by CertaPro Painters, Vallow Flooring, Absolute Construction, Buchanan Arts Family, and J & W Plumbing, more than 600 volunteer hours contributed to the completion of Restoring Our Lord's House. It is amazing to see what can be accomplished when we work together.
As with all construction projects there is a punch list of jobs to complete; but the list is very short! The wood tabletops for the commons have been received and will be installed once the new table bases arrive. We received word that the two gliders for the narthex are currently in the finish shop and the remaining oak furniture for the narthex and the commons is still in production. Once all items have been completed shipment will be arranged. The upholstered seating for the narthex is expected in March. Your patience throughout the remodeling process has been greatly appreciated!
The capital campaign for the remodel began at the end of 2020 and at the beginning of 2022 funds raised exceeded $109,500. Additional unplanned projects were undertaken during the remodel yet the project still came in under budget and well within the dollar amount raised! Look for a final report on the remodel in the Annual Report. We thank you for your prayers, your financial support, your time and your patience during the remodel as OLLC can now move toward a future with a renewed focus on community, ministry and sharing God's love!