October 6, 2021
Dear Members and Friends,
We are writing to let you know that Session has approved some repair work to the building façade. The work begins next week and should be completed in approximately 3-4 weeks.
At the annual meeting in February, the Property Team updated the congregation on the deteriorating condition of the exterior sandstone façade. The report included a range of options for repair or restoration. The options presented were 1) repair and ongoing maintenance and 2) complete restoration. Costs associated with these options range from $2.8M to $9.9M.
A full restoration along with other investments in Calvary’s ministries and mission, will be considered as part of a forthcoming capital campaign.
Over the summer, in response to increasing remarks about the “eye-soreness” of the façade, the Property Team explored the feasibility of a limited project scope in the range of $65,000 – $75,000. Session approved a project to repair the façade on Fillmore and Jackson streets from ground level (column plinths) to the upper columns (up to 10 feet). The work areas are shown in image below.
The building façade repair is one visible sign of the way God calls us to be good stewards of all that we have. As we approach the fall annual giving campaign, we hope you will prayerfully consider how your annual support is a way to express gratitude and nurture life-giving ministries both inside and outside our walls.
When you close our eyes and picture Calvary’s building, you are likely to imagine its façade—the outer shell which protects and contains the hustle and bustle of our church home. Knowing parts of the façade will be repaired and refreshed before the holidays is a blessing and a joy.
Rev. Marci Glass
Pastor, Head of Staff