The overall timeline of the projects depends on the success of our three-year capital campaign, and how and when funds are given. By vote of the church, as contributions are received, we have pledged to fund the restoration of the organ first. After organ restoration costs are paid, we will next make upgrades to sanctuary lighting, followed by sound system upgrades, with any remaining funds used as prioritized by the Building and Property Council and approved by the congregation.

Organ

Once adequate funds are raised and the console design approved, console construction will take seven or eight months. Although plans could change, we anticipate console installation sometime in the first half of 2015, when we when we would expect to be without an organ for three Sundays.[1] Once the console is installed, we hope to complete the restoration of the pipes and other internal mechanisms in two stages, leaving lectern-side pipes in service, for example, while pulpit-side pipes are cleaned and repaired. Restoration will take about six months for each section one year. Depending on when restoration begins, we would anticipate completion sometime in 2016 or early 2017.

[1] The console is being removed in October in order to reuse the ivory keys.  Because of the longer time we would be without an organ (6 months versus 3 weeks), an electronic organ will be rented for the duration of time the new console is being built.

Lighting

Installation of a new LED lighting system would take two to three weeks, and worship would not be affected. Working lights would be in service throughout the lighting restoration process.  

Sound

As we have not yet solicited any evaluation of our sound system or proposals, it is impossible to say at this point how long any upgrade process would take.

Campaign Dates

  • May 11 – Rejoice & Give Thanks Sunday
    (Campaign begins)
  • May 28 & 29, 6:30pm – Advance Commitment Celebrations
  • June 2 – 6 – Seeking God’s Direction through Scripture and Prayer, Chapel
    (Monday – Thursday, 4 – 7 p.m.)
    (Friday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
  • June 8 – Commitment Sunday
    (Celebration and announcement of pledges follows in Fellowship Hall)