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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Jay Frymark, Director of Administration
“Men of Galilee, why are you looking at the sky?” Acts1:11
More importantly, why are you doing it indoors? Oh, you’ve noticed some out of place ceiling tiles? What’s the story with that?
Remember the Faith In Our Future capital campaign from 2009-2012? St. Joseph identified four main uses of the funds raised: Pay off the mortgage, replace the school boiler, invest in Life Long Faith Formation (LLFF) and update the worship lighting. The first two items have been completed, the LLFF was subsequently reallocated to the lighting and now we’re ready to upgrade the lighting.
Concurrent with the lighting, we also decided to upgrade the tired ceiling as well. We see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring the worship space into the 21st century and enhance the worship experience. The new lighting system will eliminate the dark areas in the worship space and can be aligned with the liturgical seasons.
In addition, the new ceiling will have features that also enhance our worship. First, all of the ceiling will be hard surfaced so as to enhance our music and spoken word rather than absorb it. Second, the high ceiling will be a soft gray so as to deemphasize it. Finally, the ceiling under the balcony and along the colonnade will be a warm wood tone.
We’re looking to add a hearing aid transmitter loop as many current hearing aids will directly pick up the signal. And, not necessarily coincident with the ceiling and lighting, we’re also looking to add audio visual flat screens in the worship space.
So take a look at the woodgrain panels installed in the center aisle under the balcony and between the balcony and baptistery. Also, gaze up at the ceiling at the back center of the balcony for the gray tiles. Imagine the new ceiling will be gray and the wood tone will be under the balcony and throughout the colonnade. If you want to see the tiles up close, they’re on display near the fireplace.
So how close are we to seeing this completed? We’re still waiting for final estimates on the lighting and hearing loop, however, if we remain on budget with our finances, there will be enough to cover these three areas. We have $87,000 of Faith In Our Future funds to pay for the lighting. Our Capital Reserve funds have $289,000 available. Note that we will keep our $200,000 minimum in Capital Reserves for unexpected emergencies, leaving $89,000 available for the project. So with a total of $176,000 available, we’re pretty close.
We anticipate the worship space will be transformed some time between July 17 and August 20. We will likely use the Gathering Hall as our temporary worship space.
We’re grateful for all of your contributions to the Capital Reserve Fund. This is what makes large projects possible! Stay tuned for more information as we have it.
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.