Juneau Alaska's Evangelical Lutheran Church of America downtown community dedicated to the Spiritual growth in Christ and service to all people.
Building Renovation Update
It’s looking good! Thanks be to God!!! Doors as well as shelving for the Table of Knowledge are being constructed. The railing to the down- stairs is being assembled. The window to the office is ready to be installed . The punch list is written and being worked on. We are almost home. For landscaping updates and plans talk to Lorelee Wade. Building Committee
It’s looking good! Thanks be to God!!! The ramp railing is being installed! Our food storage space looks great with fresh paint and new flooring, but it needs more shelves! To donate please mark your contribution for "Shelving Units.” Landscaping work is scheduled for Saturday, August 31st and Monday, September 2nd. Questions? Contact Lorelee, 957-1052. Building Project Committee
We’re almost there. Thanks be to God!!! The ramp railing is being redesigned. The tower wood has arrived, and we will soon “Lift High” the new cross!! The new food bank room on the first floor is done except for flooring and shelves. Installation of flooring is imminent and research on shelving is complete. The new vault and storage rooms off the Youth Lounge on the first floor need paint and shelves. Help is needed. To volunteer as a painter please call Loretta. To donate please mark your contribution for "Shelving Units.”
PAINTERS FOUND Thanks to Kris Ritter and Randy, Taylor and Reilly Sutak for sanding and painting the downstairs storage area!
Thank you for your continued support. Building Project Committee
This past Sunday the building renovation project received a $500 contribution from the Boy Scout Troop 11. This was in response to a letter from the building committee to some of the main RLC user groups- the Pre-School, Pride Chorus, Bach Society, Al-Anon, Thrushhill Music, and the Scouts*.
*as usual, whenever we receive a donation or pledge, a thank you note is sent from the building renovation project committee; to date well over 150 thank you notes have been sent.
In addition to the financial contribution from money which the Scouts earned by recycling aluminum cans from the cruise ships, the Scouts also offered to help with the landscaping and any other aspect of the construction where their labor could be used. Also, an Eagle Scout has offered his services for landscaping and working on lighting the Glacier Highway sign as part of his personal growth community service project.
Crosses and Spires
Doug Larsen and Bob Wright took advantage of the past weekend’s weather and braved the church roof to place two new spires. The spires were milled and built in Steve Peterson’s workshop and are made with the hard plastic materials specially ordered for the cross project. The main cross is yet to be milled and after burning out several blades, the design will be slightly altered to accommodate the reality of working with this hard plastic material (sort of a good news/ bad news situation; the design will be a little different than first proposed, but when the cross is up, it will outlast all of us).
While Doug and Bob were doing the "light fantastic" on the roof, they recommended that the siding on the chimney tower be replaced before the large cross is put up as the siding on the tower is in very bad shape.
Renovation Project completion
BCD Construction-Bruce Denton has been down south taking care of some critical family matters but is expected back in town this week. Ken and Kris will meet with him and establish completion dead-lines. Our contract with BCD Construction is for $166,310 and to date we have paid $68,110 ($98,204 is encumbered and we should be receiving another payment request soon).
In March the Renovation Committee proposed to the congregation council that funds received above what is required for the completion of the renovation be used to identify the cause of and to fix the roof leak above the fireplace area. This recommendation was approved by the council.
Other potential Change Orders will be proposed at the May 19th Congregational meeting. If approved, they will be funded as interest and funding occurs.
1- Upgrade ceiling, walls, and flooring in scout/youth lounge area; renovate and situate 1941 Luther League RLC Main street altar
2- Parking lot: electricity to corner sign will need to be run before landscaping and/or resurfacing the parking lot.
…other suggestions received--new sanctuary doors to match new entrance doors/ survey condition of church’s Berg house property /add window for outside lighting for back entrance to Pre-School area.
Early in February the building committee was asked to consider possible additional building renovation work in the event that money given to the building fund is available after the initial contract with BCD construction is complete. With all but two committee members responding the result of the survey is the following list of preferences beginning with the highest ranking.
identify and fix the problem of water leaking into the attic space and pooling near the fire-place
repair/renovate the altar in the youth lounge/scout area (put it in a built-in niche), replace the carpeting, and cover/paint the walls in the youth lounge
re-pave the parking lot where the sewer line was dug up last summer
upgrade the downstairs kitchen
install window in door of rear exit of daycare area
Only 2 responses did not list the water leak as the highest priority. The altar/youth lounge area and the parking lot paving were fairly evenly split. The downstairs kitchen and the window in the exit door were consistently ranked as the lowest priorities.
At the semi-annual congregational meeting in June, there was a unanimous vote to embark on a building remodel project for our front entrance. This project proposal is a celebration of the ways our ministries have continued to expand and change, and the need to have a building that supports our mission. The remodel will address accessibility and storage issues, as well as providing a solution for the constant icing/overhang problem of the front steps. The proposed design is inspired by the architectural renderings for the church after the 1974 fire destroyed the original building. A building fund has been established; the estimate for the remodel is @$150-200,000. Contributions are welcome. Questions and comments may be directed to the Building Committee co-chairs Ken Koelsch and Kris Ritter, or committee members Linda Mickle, Loretta Mosley, Dan Squires, Loren Rasmussen, and Finn Larsen.
"For which of you, intending to build a tower (entrance) does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it."
At this time of the year, I often think back to my growing up on our family farm in Michigan. My parents and both sets of my grandparents had farms and September and October were the make or break it harvest times and so it is with the building renovation entrance project that was sown at the spring RLC Congregational meeting. We have establish the need for the project and how it meets RLC's mission statement. We have a potential time line laid out and a draft scope of work. We are now at the point of where the rubber hits the road. "For which of you, intending to build a tower (entrance) does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it." Bill and Barbara Johnson have graciously stepped up to serve as finance chairs for the project. They will send out a letter at the end of September explaining the project and a pledge form. Please prayerfully consider the project and how it will support RLC's mission statement and make a pledge (even if you can't pledge, please turn in pledge form with a simple "not at this time" notation so we know you have received the opportunity). The project will likely end up somewhere between $175,000-$200,000 and the pledge period will cover the rest of 2011 and the first part of 2012. We can do: 20 pledges of $10,000 or more ($5,000 in 2011/$5,000 in2012) 40 pledges of $5,000 or more ($2,500 in 2011/$2,500 in 2012) 80 pledges of $2,500 or more ($1,250 in 2011/$1,250 in 2012) x pledges of $1 to $200,000 It is harvest time. It is time to make plans for the upcoming year. Please consider how you might be able to share the fruits of your harvest. -Ken Koelsch, co-chair
*If members have ideas about the renovation design or ideas for fund raising, they are encouraged to contact one of the committee members.