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Moving Right Along

Well, time and this project are moving right along and it has been too long since this reporter posted an update for you.  The job site has been a busy place these last few weeks, and a handful of pictures of the work can be seen by clicking here.  

Volunteers have been very busy hanging drywall on evenings and weekends, and that work is nearing completion with over 95% of the drywall hung in the new addition.  Today the fireplace was installed in the family gathering room, and volunteers have painted the mechanical closets so that the new air handlers can be installed next week.

On the renovation side of the project a large portion of the kitchen floor was removed and the existing underground plumbing and heat ducts were replaced with new.  The floor has since been poured back in place, and new walls framed up.  The plumbers and electricians have completed roughing in their work for the new kitchen, drink preparation area, storage, and bride's room, and volunteers are beginning to hang drywall there as well.  

 There have been significant changes made to the existing south entry.  The windows and new widened door openings were cut in, flooding the room with natural light.  The unseasonably warm February weather allowed crews a chance to get the brick repaired around the new openings.  New tray ceilings are framed in above the waiting areas by the south entry and are ready for drywall.

The project is progressing on budget and ahead of schedule, although at this point we do still plan to delay completion of several items until additional funding is secured.  With continued support from our volunteers we are on track to reopen the building early and have set a new goal to see if we can't dedicate it together at our annual Sunday School picnic at the end of June.  This would be a month sooner than was originally anticipated.

There will continue to be opportunity for both skilled and unskilled volunteer labor as we work toward finishing this project together.  As I write this post, there have already been over 1300 hours of volunteer labor logged in support of this project.  Thank You to all!  It is incredibly humbling to witness our church family come together and work in unity and love.  Many prayers have been answered and the blessings of the Lord are evident in this work.