The project was initiated as a finding from the church’s Healthy Church Initiative assessment. The project started with Rev. Michael Wondel, and the church was choosing contractors when Rev. Katie Nix came on board.
“So the people here were not only dealing with their church building changing, they had just had a pastoral change as well,” Nix said.
“It was hard at times, but now that it is done we are a stronger, healthier, more united congregation because of it. Some people who struggled with the change initially are now starting to really like it.”
The last Sunday in the old sanctuary was the last Sunday in August 2015. For a few months the church worshipped in the fellowship hall. They were back in the main sanctuary a couple of weeks before Easter 2016.
Coil Construction was the contractor. They had just finished a remodel at Linn Memorial in Fayette. “The chancel area is much more versatile, and we have more options in how we can make use of our space,” Nix said.
The classic but worn and stained red carpet was replaced with carpet tiles. A piece of the red carpet now graces the wall in a frame.
The original bid for the project was $350,000, but when the carpet was pulled up, it was discovered that the floor needed additional work, so the cost went up some. About 75 percent of the project is already paid off.
The church also received a new sound system and new lighting. The church received a $5,000 grant from the Missouri United Methodist Foundation to improve its handicap accessibility.