Central United Methodist completes renovations
The congregation of Central United Methodist Church had much to be thankful for this past Sunday.
After eight weeks of being dislocated from its sanctuary while it underwent renovations, the congregation returned to find, among other things, freshly painted walls and ceiling, a refinished floor, new carpet and repaired pews and balcony seating.
This is truly a day for celebration,” stated the Rev. Thomas W. Smith. “Today we resume worship in Central’s historic sanctuary, a place of spiritual respite since 1913. All who set foot in the sanctuary are struck by its beauty and the worshipful attitude it inspires. Now, with renovations and repairs complete, we can gather once again in our beautiful house of worship.”
In a letter to the congregation Rev. Smith said the Central family “owes a debt of gratitude to all those who have worked so hard to make this renovation possible and ensure that excellent worship continued in the process.”
He said he was “personally indebted to each of you, the Central church family, who have made sanctuary renovations possible and worshiped through the last few weeks in Christian love.”
He concluded the letter by stating, “Most of all, we should thing Almighty God for his provision during this time. The sanctuary project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. We serve a mighty God who has big things in store for Central. Now let us go about the mission God has given us to follow Jesus by loving God and loving our neighbor.”
Following is an “abbreviated” listing of the work completed during the Sanctuary renovation project.
•Removed, stored, repaired as needed, and reinstalled all pews on ground floor.
•Removed and reinstalled all theater seating from north and east balconies.
•Removed, finished, and reinstalled 168 wood seat backs and 180 wood arm rests.
•Stripped and re-coated all slate flooring in sanctuary narthex.
•Removed and replaced 135 sprinkler heads in sanctuary space and above inner dome.
•Removed and reinstalled all 12 pendant lights/13 ceiling-mounted fixtures, rewired all fixtures.
•Repaired and finished all needed plaster wall/ceiling space on both floors.
•Primed, sealed, and painted all wall/ceiling/trim space in sanctuary, narthex, chapel hallway, and wall/ceiling space above chair rail molding in Ingram Chapel.
•Screened and finished all wood floor space on sanctuary main floor, chancel area, under north balcony, and floor in both balconies.
•Removed, cleaned, and reinstalled 1200 pipes in sanctuary organ. Also, checked and adjusted tuning as needed.
•Removed existing sanctuary HVAC supply registers on 2nd floor, fabricated and installed new wood trim for each, and installed 14 new multi-directional air registers.
•Removed and replaced all carpeting in sanctuary aisles (3) and south/north balcony stairwells/landings.