Phase 2 encompasses three areas of renovation of our Church facility: the Sanctuary, Music, and Children & Youth to allow us to continue to effectively meet our mission to bring the love of Christ to a searching world.
The sanctuary is the center of our congregation’s shared, public church life. It is the key environment for us to communicate the importance of worship and the importance of our life together with Christ. Our sanctuary is in urgent need of renovation so that we can continue to meet the needs of our congregation and to make room for other families, now and for the next generation.
We have reimagined the same colonial aesthetic we have come to know and love, in a larger more flexible space that provides both members and visitors a more welcoming, accessible, engaging worship experience with multiple seating arrangements that accommodate a wide variety of worship needs and attendance patterns. This will utilize the latest sound and lighting technology while all neatly integrating with a larger town square. Key to this enhancement is that it will meet all current fire and safety building codes, including:
Music is a critical component of our Lutheran worship and Redeemer is blessed by its many music groups. However, there is currently only a single, small practice room shared by all music programs, as well as for all robing of acolytes and elders. In addition, our organ is becoming unreliable. Given the age and condition of the organ, it is not practical to try to make the substantial upgrades and repairs that would be necessary. It’s critical to expand the area available for our music programs and to replace the organ. Phase 2 specifically includes:
A new organ with relocation of the existing organ pipes
The entire worship service is a two-way communication between and among the pastors and congregation, utilizing the organ, instrumentals and our collective voices (both choir and parishioner). We need to nurture the music ministries that contribute so much to our worship experience.
With so many young families joining Redeemer there is a need to update our facilities for children and youth. We no longer educate and minister to children only on Sunday mornings. Our programs have expanded by age, day of week and time of year. We now run ministry programs six days per week, 12 months per year, encompassing children aged six months to 18 years. But our cinderblock classrooms, built in the 1950’s, have not kept pace with parent’s current expectations. Hence our plan includes:
Some of our children’s programs have waiting lists. Now is the time to capitalize on the opportunity to reach young families in the area searching for a church home.
Redeemer’s mission, to bring the love of Christ to a searching world in a way that allows us to reach more families and touch more lives, is the purpose of Phase 2 and is driving our desire to make these investments in Redeemer’s ministries. Phase 2 is our way to ensure that our church building and grounds, and the sanctuary, in particular, continue to serve our mission. These investments in our ministries will allow us to:
The investments in our Sacred Space described here:
All these things will allow us, through God, to reach more people and touch more lives.
There are facility enhancements that absolutely have to be performed regardless of Phase 2 – such as replacing crumbling walls, windows, steeple, etc. In addition, our sanctuary does not meet handicap accessibility and fire safety codes. Also, the organ has become unreliable, and given its age and condition, is beyond any practical repair. The cost to address these needs could easily reach several million dollars and it would have a negative impact on our worship ministry by reducing the capacity of the sanctuary in order to meet building code requirements. Moreover, these costly enhancements would only address deferred maintenance and repair and would not address our other ministry needs. Worship, Music, Sunday School, Mom’s Day Out and other ministries desperately need facility updates.
Redeemer’s architect worked with our construction manager to compile competitive bids from each trade category (masonry, electrical, HVAC, steel, etc.). These bids were based on our detailed construction drawings and specifications. From the best of these competitive bids we were able to lock-in and sign a guaranteed maximum price contract. This is especially important give recent construction pricing during the pandemic period.
The total cost for the project is now estimated to be just over $8 million. This estimate includes a 5% contingency and assumes a 2021 start date. Beyond construction costs, the estimate also includes other professional fees (architect, engineers, and stewardship consultant), municipal and utility fees and all the necessary owner costs for ‘furniture and fixtures’, including new pews and a new pipe organ.
This same approach and the same professional partners were used for Sacred Space Phase 1. The church was able to deliver the Phase 1 project scope on time and on budget.