There is still much finish work to be completed, and some of it will still be awaiting completion even after our first service. Completing the work for our Certificate of Occupancy is the highest priority, so that we can stay on schedule to hold our first service on February 1. Our beautiful large doors that lead into the sanctuary will still be covered in temporary materials, the cabinetry is still being finished in several areas, and we may be using some borrowed furniture for the stage as we await delivery of our new items. We will all have the fun of seeing those details as they are finished during February.
Before we can move in, we need to pack up and move out of the current spaces we are occupying: the Old Stone closet, backstage storage and childcare areas, plus the Cottage and our administrative office that is currently at the Trinity Episcopal complex downtown. As those areas are packed up, their contents will be moved to the appropriate spaces in the New Home.
There will be a great deal of activity at the New Home between January 23 and February 1. This will include the move-in workers and finish details by the contractor. During this time, access to the New Home will be limited to only those who are 1) attending training for building and equipment operations, 2) assisting with the move-in, or 3) making preparations for the February 1 service.
If you are part of a team working on move-in or other preparation tasks, please note that no signs or other materials should be attached to any walls within the building, unless in already designated areas for this use in the Religious Exploration wing. Any materials or signage is to be coordinated with the Art Integration Committee (Dale Clark, Chair).
For the move-in period, the February service and other early February visits, dress in layers to maximize your comfort as we learn the best operating settings for the new heating system.
To help everybody learn about the new building layout and features, brief tours are being planned to immediately follow Sunday services in February. Specific information for the tours will be available in early February.
We are planning an open house for the public and neighbors in spring, so if you know of someone who wants to see the building, that would be a perfect opportunity. More information will be available in February.
How can you help?
Packing-up and Moving Tasks:
Help is needed to sort through, pack up, and move any items we currently have in the Old Stone, administrator's office and the Cottage. Here is a list of tasks:
- Gathering and organizing the packing supplies, such as clean sturdy boxes, tape, other packing supplies
- Sorting and packing our contents from the Old Stone closet, the Cottage, and our office space at Trinity Episcopal. Each of these areas may be packed up on separate days, to be determined by leaders in charge of those contents.
- On moving *out* day for each area (January 28, 29, 30, and 31), bring your hand truck and/or strong body to help move the boxes and minor furniture items.
- Moving *in* the boxed items from specific areas, and into their places in the New Home.