With the exception of a few “punch list” items for WEB to address the new construction phase of the project is complete and was dedicated (along with the new organ) on November 10, 2019.
Fundraising subcommittee chair Chris Kind reported that of the $470,000 pledged for the project $391,000 has been raised. This is 83% of the total amount with 14 months remaining in the 3-year fund drive. Sixty-five pledges have been completely fulfilled and fifty-nine pledges remain in progress. In addition, $27,000 in additional gifts beyond those pledged has been given. Thanks be to God! Mt. Olive members who have joined since 2017 when the project began have also been sent informational material about the project.
John Sehloff reported that the sound system in the sanctuary has been moved and equipment has been replaced and updated. In addressing security, twenty electronic access doors have been added allowing automatic opening and locking of those doors. This is especially important for securing the building at the end of the day when all activities are over. Technologically, the move to the new offices went very smoothly. Security cameras remain on the “special needs” list and will be added as funds become available.
Narthex Committee / Youth Room
Sally Sorensen reported that a narthex committee has been formed with a cross-section of the congregation represented to address decorating and furnishing the new narthex. The overarching goal is a warm and welcoming atmosphere that encourages fellowship. Some soft-seating areas are being planned as funding becomes available and the funds have been given for folding chairs for overflow seating in the narthex. The committee is researching suitable, comfortable folding chairs at this time.
The youth room requests have been fully funded and the young people wish to thank the congregation for their generous support. The young people have been excitedly involved in all the decorating and furnishing decisions and look forward to many opportunities to enjoy the space.
Construction subcommittee chair Juel Merseth reported that removing all the pews and chancel furniture from the sanctuary in preparation for the organ move, sprinkling, and floor cleaning had been accomplished in an evening rather than the estimated five nights! He thanked the many volunteers who assisted. Moving the organ pipes to their new location, closing the west wall of the sanctuary and constructing the new storage rooms and technology spaces there have been completed. New LED lighting has been installed in the old narthex and hallways. The demolition in the former office suite is complete and it is hoped that the space will be ready for its new purpose as a music/multi-purpose room by early December.
Building committee chairman Bill Bohning reported that although some final bills have not yet been submitted they have been estimated and it appears the entire project will remain within the budget approved by the congregation.
Again, thanks be to God!