At our Congregational Dinner, I shared that this Spring LJPC will be embarking on a Capital Campaign to upgrade and renovate some areas of our church campus. It has been almost 15 years since the church conducted a Capital Campaign to build the Family Life Center and Administration Building. That project was paid off in 2007 with a gift from one of our Legacy Circle members. God has continued to bless us financially and we have no outstanding debts.
Over the past couple of years, however, the Elders and our staff have noticed some areas of the church that are in need of some “housekeeping and improvements”, and we believe the time has come for some renovations and upgrades around our campus.
This project will address those issues as we seek to create a more welcoming campus so that our community will be enriched. Whether that is having a cup of coffee in the courtyard, worshipping in the sanctuary, or taking children to Sunday school, Preschool, or midweek activities we want to provide an environment that is welcoming and encourages people to create community.
We will focus on three main areas of our facility and it will take approximately 18 months to complete. The first place you will see some changes is in the Children’s Wing and SunHouse. An elevator will be added to the Children’s Wing for handicap accessibility, as well as for parents with strollers. We will also redo all of the preschool rooms downstairs and classrooms upstairs. The current offices in SunHouse will be moved upstairs and a bridge will connect the second floor of SunHouse with the second floor of the administration building, to allow for shared use of the elevator.
The sanctuary and pipe organ will also be enhanced. Our current organ is in need of extensive, long overdue refurbishing and we also hope to finish off the master plan that was designed for our organ approximately 20 years ago. We will be enlarging our chancel for our orchestra and brass ensembles, as well as improving the audio/visual capabilities in the sanctuary.
Finally, we will be creating more intentional spaces for community in our courtyards. We would like to provide more opportunities for people to gather and at the same time make the Children’s Wing more accessible from our courtyard.
You will be hearing more about our “Created for Community” campaign during the next couple of months. You will receive a Q&A document in March, and in April you will receive a brochure that will highlight the projects of the campaign, as well as some renderings, plus a timeline and schedule of events.
Rev. Dr. Paul A. Cunningham