With our goal of returning to the sanctuary for worship on August 12 rapidly approaching, a flurry of activity has filled the sanctuary these past weeks as construction continues and we prepare for delivery of our new Allen organ.
The chancel area is nearly finished, and mudding and sanding of the sheetrock walls will wrap up soon as well. Painting of the chancel areas has been done this week, and work to prepare for the return of the pipes to their lofty perch above the altar will start on Saturday of this week.
The communion rail is receiving some beautiful woodworking which adds trim to match the chancel wall trim. Electrical contractors have been on site all week running wire and making preparation for installation of not only the organ but also new sound equipment.
The Antiphonal Organ chamber has been the greatest challenge of the project, and after a site visit from the structural engineer, the design has been verified and the finishing has begun, with sheetrock installed and can lighting placed under the chamber to light the entry to the sanctuary.
We anticipate delivery of the organ sometime next week, once the majority of the “dirty work” is finished and dust no longer presents an issue. Although we will return to the sanctuary on August 12, and the organ will have been installed prior to that, we will not be able to use it in worship until September 2, at which time the congregation will have their first opportunity to hear this majestic instrument.