Wesley Hall Renovation Update

Thu, April 25, 2019

For the past six months or so, the Jubilee Renovation Task Force has been studying the capital improvement needs of the church. This project was part of our Jubilee Capital Campaign several years ago where 60% of the funds raised went to reducing the debt on our Worship Center, 10% to help our daughter church ChristWay (now CrossRoads UMC), and 30% earmarked toward renovation projects in the church. We currently have $305,000 available for capital improvements.

The Task Force initially hoped to renovate both Wesley Hall and the FLC Kitchen, however, it became apparent that the cost to renovate Wesley Hall would be more expensive than we anticipated. The decision was made to focus our efforts on Wesley Hall since that space is most used by the church ministries on a weekly basis.

Wesley Hall served as our sanctuary for many years, and many people have fond memories of significant moments in that space, but its current configuration no longer meets the needs of the church. Today, Wesley Hall is used as the primary meeting area for our students in Kingdom Ministry, Joyful Hearts Worship service, Pastor’s Bible Study, The Gathering Place, and multiple events and dinners and other large gatherings. The Task Force studied the needs of these ministries and how to best renovate the space to meet our current and future mission as a church. The Task Force believes we need to update the look of Wesley Hall with a new color scheme and make the space more modern to fit how it is currently being used.

Since the space will no longer be used for traditional style worship, the current chancel with built in pulpit and lectern, along with the choir loft will be removed. A new reconfigured stage will be built. The doors to the side rooms will be lowered and open directly to the floor, allowing better access to these storage areas. The carpet will be replaced by a hard flooring that can withstand spillage from dinners and events.

The two screens will be removed and a single large center screen will be installed that can be lowered when needed. To address the glare of the stained-glass cross at certain times of the day, a shade screen will be installed that can be lowered to cover the window as needed.

Extensive sound dampening is required to reduce the echo in the room. Acoustical panels will be placed on the back of the room and along the side walls. A new sound system will be installed along with a new AV booth in the back that will accommodate all audio and visual systems.

New light pendants will be installed that will significantly improve the lighting of the room. The lights will be dimmable so the lighting levels will be appropriate for all events. New stage lighting will also be installed.

Micah Simecek, a member of the church and partner with Studio RED Architects, has provided his services in the design of the renovation project. The renovation will begin at the end of May and should take about two months to finish. We contracted with Axis Builders, a firm that specializes in church building and renovation projects. The construction cost of the renovation will be $280,193, just under what we have available set aside from the Jubilee Capital Campaign.

In addition to the actual construction costs, we will add new chairs, stage lighting, audio and visual systems totaling another $30,000 to $50,000. In the coming weeks we will publish a booklet on how you can help finish the project with specific donations to ensure Wesley Hall is continued to be used to share the life-changing power of Jesus Christ in the coming years.

If you have any questions about the project, I would be happy to share more details. We will update you on the project as it begins.

Grace and Peace,
Jim Bass