Construction Project News




EVERY.ONE. Capital Appeal Updates


Please return here periodically for updates on this summer's construction projects and progress on the EVERY.ONE.Capital Appeal.

Update As of Monday, August 27, 2018

On Sunday, August 26, at the Special Congregational Meeting, the congregation approved expending funds for two construction projects:

  1. The Office Expansion and Remodel project up to $350,000 plus any additional contributions received for the project; and
  2. The Life Worship Center Remodeling project up to $900,000 or the total of designated funds already available plus any additional designated gifts received.

Neither General Fund monies nor EVERY.ONE. Capital Appeal funds will be used for either project nor will any indebtedness be incurred to complete the above two projects.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

10:45 a.m. in Life Worship Center

Lois Mulbrook, President of the church council, has called for a Special Congregational meeting on Sunday, August 26, at which time the congregation will be asked to approve expending funds for two improvement projects. The projects are:

  1. Life Worship Center Refurbishment: Replacing and improving the almost 20-year-old sound, video and lighting systems in Life Worship Center. 
  2. Office Expansion and Remodeling: Partial completion of the church office expansion space which was "shelled in" with exterior walls during the building expansion in 2011, but has not been finished into office space; and updates and remodeling of portions of the existing office spaces.

These projects will both be funded by money specifically allocated and donated for this purpose - not with proceeds from the 2016 Capital Appeal.

The special meeting will be held in the Life Worship Center at 10:45 am immediately after the 9:45 worship service and prior to the start of the 11:00 am service. We hope this time will be convenient for the congregation. The plan is to keep the meeting time to about 20 minutes.

To view Question & Answer Sheet #2 with follow-up questions and a draft of the proposed motion wording, click here.

For images and drawings of the two projects, click here.

To view the first question and answer sheet from last week, click here.

For a current summary of EVERY.ONE. Capital Appeal receipts and expenditures to date please click here.


Children’s Ministry Construction Updates

August 11, 2018

August 11, 2018 was Paint Day in the Children’s Ministry Area! Many thanks to all of our AWESOME volunteers! Here are some photos from our busy day! Everyone is welcome to stop by and take a look. Soon there will be carpet in place!


August 2018

Initial construction in the children's ministry space is nearly complete.  When completed we will have three additional classrooms.  One small room was expanded to use the adjacent hallway space, Central Stowage was split into two rooms, and The Landing will have a movable wall.  

A painting party will be held on August 11th for anyone over 18 to lend a hand to the transformation of the space.  The installation of the carpet will begin on August 20th.  Additional items to be added include whiteboards for each classroom, shelving in the storage area for the preschool rooms, classroom furniture that is sized for children, child-sized toilets in the restrooms, teaching podiums, and additional signage.

We are on schedule to be able to use the space at the beginning of Fall Ministry, with some items such as the moveable wall in The Landing and additional decorative items to be added after we occupy the space September 12th. 

CM Hallway-Ready to Paint

CM Hallway-Ready to Paint

CM Room

CM Room



Heartland was a busy place while preparing for VBS and holding all the furniture from the Children's Ministry rooms!
Heartland 2

Heartland 2

Lauren Lensch in Heartland helping prepare for VBS in July. Behind her is furniture from the rooms under construction on the lower level.
The Landing - August 2018

The Landing - August 2018

Bryce Marolf mudding the drywall and getting it ready for Paint Day on August 11, 2018!
Former Stowage Room

Former Stowage Room

One of the new rooms made from "Central Stowage" all ready to paint.
Eric Knoll

Eric Knoll

Eric Knoll has been hard at work in the Children's Ministry area! Just look at his proud creation! Wait a that what we think it is?
Eric's Creation

Eric's Creation

When you see Eric Knoll, ask him about his creation and just what that might be all about!

 May 2018

Work has begun on the Children’s Ministry area in the Lower Level. Several spaces will be modified during the renovation. The blue room (located across from the restrooms) will be expanded to include the hallway between the blue and purple room. This will allow the room to be used for larger groups of children. The Landing (located underneath the nursery) has had modifications in the duct work. These changes will allow for a moveable wall to be put in the room so that it can be used for two classrooms, but also opened up for one large meeting space. There will be a platform for presentations on one end of the room. Central Stowage (located underneath Discovery) will be divided into two classrooms. 

There will be no construction projects in Heartland, yellow or aqua rooms. All current tiled areas will be carpeted and new colors will be on the walls throughout. Signage to clearly mark classrooms and spaces will be added. The entire area will be designed with children and families in mind. Our area seeks to take children and families on a JOURNEY WITH JESUS! Check back often this summer to see our progress.

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

Day 1 of construction on the Blue Room.
The Blue Room

The Blue Room

Making lots of progress on Day 1 with the Blue Room. Getting ready to expand it to include the prior hallway.
The Purple Room

The Purple Room

Cutting sheet rock on Day 1 of construction.
Central Stowage-June 13, 2018

Central Stowage-June 13, 2018

The room is being divided into two spaces with a door between them. It is anticipated the upper elementary students will use this space.
The Landing-June 13, 2018

The Landing-June 13, 2018

The Landing had the carpet removed and the ceiling is being prepared to be painted. This room will have a moveable wall so that it can be used as a single larger room or two classroom spaces.



The Children's Ministry remodeling project is in final stages of approval and permits.  The focus of the Children's Ministry area improvements funded by the EVERY.ONE.Capital Appeal is to create spaces that are intentionally designed for children. We also need to provide the appropriate number of classrooms in sizes that meet the needs of our children aged 3 - grade 5. The project will include expanding one classroom to accommodate more children and dividing two larger spaces (Central Stowage and Landing) into smaller rooms. In The Landing, a movable divider wall will be installed for greater flexibility in room usage by various sized groups and activities. In order to create a space this is visually designed for children, carpet, colorful wall treatments, signage and furniture will be updated. The maximum expenditure for this project is $300,000.

The Life Worship Center remodeling project (not funded by the capital appeal) is still in the planning stage. It will involve a new sound system, a new 18 x10 ft hi-def LED screen, a larger platform, and new LED stage lighting. Here are a couple of images from the technology consultant designing the equipment. Final drawings are in progress and contractors are preparing cost estimates.





At the annual congregational meeting on January 28, 2018 two construction projects were presented to the congregation and were approved: 

  1. The Children's Ministry remodeling project was approved with a budget of $300,000 from the capital appeal funds. 

  2. A remodeling project in Life Worship Center, which will be funded by a bequest in cooperation with the St. Mark's Foundation and by additional designated donations from individual contributors.  The cost estimate approved at the annual congregational meeting was $315,000. However, the contractors later provided cost estimates above budget.  The project scope has been amended and to complete the needed improvements, additional designated donation commitments have been received.  


The Church Council held Information/Sharing Meetings for the congregation. Click here for an overview of those meetings.

SPRING 2017 

The completion of the EVERY.ONE. Capital Appeal was celebrated on March 26, 2017.  The successful appeal resulted in 239 pledges for a total of $ 3.39 million in commitments.  There were 264 personal visits made by the appeal visitor volunteer team. 

The Capital Appeal Leadership team studied the results of the appeal and taking into consideration input from the congregation during the information forums and the personal visits recommended the following allocation of the funds to the Church Council:  

        Children's ministry area remodeling


        Indoor & outdoor signage


        Mechanical and equipment maintenance


        Remainder used for monthly mortgage payments

            and principal prepayments as funds available


The Council formed the Capital Appeal Oversight Team to advise the construction project teams.   Members of that team are:  Kurt Beenen (Chair), Greg Voss, Gary Prybil, Chris Lindell, and Deb Becker.  They have been meeting with the three project teams as construction planning has progressed.