News on our Move!

News on our Move!

March 11, 2019

 
Are you wondering about what projects are part of the first phase of our renovation? Check out the Steering Committee’s list of Frequently Asked Questions. You will find a link here.
 
Engineering Review: Our engineers met with the architect to review plans for 4th and Fairview. We’re waiting for feedback from the village about the submitted permits.
 
Grounds: The chairs met with the Steering Committee to share landscaping ideas and plans. We’re all looking forward to warmer weather so this group can start their exciting work at 4th and Fairview!
 
Please keep giving us your suggestions! There is a Suggestion Box on the table in the Narthex. The Steering Committee will be reading and taking appropriate action on every suggestion but please know that due to the volume of work we can’t respond individually to suggestions.
 
Next events at 4th and Fairview: Messy Church on Sun., March 17; Club Luke and Youth Group on Wednesday, March 20, at 4:15 p.m., followed by dinner for all at 5:30 p.m.
 
IMPORTANT UPDATE
 
The Steering Committee co-chairs, Todd Schenk, Amy Smith, and Lesley Weir spoke to the architect and contractors last week. We are still waiting for permits from the village and the contractor cannot get bids without permitted plans. Unfortunately, this means we will not be able to reach our goal of completing the sanctuary and gathering space work by Easter. We now hope that this work will be completed by mid-May.
 
Also, the Steering Committee has decided the Warming Center will remain at our Highland location for the rest of the season. We felt this would be easier for our outside groups who help in the kitchen. However, we’re excited to begin summer PADS at 4th and Fairview!

 

March 4, 2019
 
The Presbytery shared exciting news that they are actively working with a potential buyer for 3910 Highland! They emphasize, however, that they are still in the early stages of this process.
 
Are you wondering about what projects are part of the first phase of our renovation? Check out the Steering Committee’s list of Frequently Asked Questions;
you will find a link here. There are also some paper copies on the table in the Narthex outside the Sanctuary.
 
Engineering Review: Many thanks to our engineers, who are busy reviewing plans that our architects, 845, have submitted for the “Easter Phase” of renovations.
 
Building Improvement: This task force continues to address maintenance issues at 4th and Fairview, and has been getting to know the outside groups who use the building.
 
Grounds: It’s too early to start landscaping work, but plans are being developed for the Memorial Garden.
 
Moving: The “clipboard crews” are working so well together that they are finished with inventories at both buildings!
 
Prayer Task Force: We are grateful to pray the Communal Prayer at the beginning of worship every Sunday morning. We invite everyone to pray with us; this invitation has no limitations; age, gender or opinion--all are welcome!
 
Please keep giving us your suggestions! There is a Suggestion Box on the table in the Narthex. The Steering Committee will be reading and taking appropriate action on every suggestion but please know that due to the volume of work we can’t respond individually to suggestions.
 
Next events at 4th and Fairview: Messy Church on Sun., March 17; dinner after Club Luke and Youth Group on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m.
 

February 24, 2019

The Steering Committee met with our architects to review the design color palette for the Sanctuary and gathering areas. We need your help in making final color and carpet selections! Take a look at the boards in the Rotunda and vote for your favorite.

Technology: The Technology task force met to discuss the removal of existing equipment to protect it while contractors are doing their work and also met with the architects to discuss how future A/V requirements fit into their existing plans.

Please keep giving us your suggestions! There is a Suggestion Box on the table in the Narthex. The Steering Committee will be reading and taking appropriate action on every suggestion but please know that due to the volume of work we can’t respond individually to suggestions.

At Messy Church, our first official event at 4th and Fairview, Pastor Lesley reminded us that amazing things come from tiny things. We trust that this first worship service was just the beginning of a long journey filled with love and abundance.

We hope you can join us for our next events at 4th and Fairview: Messy Church on March 17 and then dinner after Club Luke and Youth Group on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.

 

February 17, 2019

The Steering Committee continues to meet with Task Force chairs. Todd Schenk, Amy Smith and Lesley Weir met with the Administration Commission from Presbytery. The AC is impressed with how many members are participating on task forces and the amount of progress that has already been made!

Finance and Legal: We are excited to announce that we have over $500,000 from the Capital Campaign to use for renovations at Fourth and Fairview!

Moving: Still hard at work, members have started to inventory items at Fourth and Fairview.

Communications/Outreach: Take a look at the St. Luke webpage (stlukedg.org). Although this is a temporary look for now (and info is still being updated), the final version will be along these lines--with a much cleaner, concise visual appeal. The Communications and Outreach Task Force has done research--this is more of the look we should have! More detailed info to follow in Lukan Letter.

Please keep giving us your suggestions! There is a Suggestion Box on the table in the Narthex. The Steering Committee will be reading and taking appropriate action on every suggestion, but please know that due to the volume of work we can’t respond individually to suggestions. We hope you can be a part of the first St. Luke event in our new space!!! TONIGHT! Messy Church, at Fourth and Fairview!!!

 

February 10, 2019

It’s been another busy and productive week as we work to transition into the building at 4th and Fairview. The Steering Committee is in the process of meeting with the chairs of the task forces. Task forces continue to meet and work on their assignments.

We hope you can be a part of St. Luke’s first Messy Church on February 17 in the new building at 339 Fourth Street! (See box at left.) This will be a unique worship and fellowship experience AND the first St. Luke event in our new space!!!

Club Luke and Middle School Youth Group will have their first gathering at 339 Fourth Street on March 20.

Moving Task Force: Have you noticed busy members with clipboards in the hallways and rooms of SLPC? They are taking an inventory of all the items at both the Highland and Fourth Street buildings so we can be sure we take everything we need and want with us.

Building Improvement Task Force: We’ll need a working kitchen as we move activities like Messy Church and Club Luke to Fourth and Fairview. The BITF is working hard, checking equipment and arranging for maintenance to make sure the kitchen will meet St. Luke’s needs.

Technology Task Force: Our “IT guys” created Google Drive folders so that the Steering Committee and task force chairs and members can easily share information and keep each other updated.

Please keep giving us your suggestions! There is a Suggestion Box on the table in the Narthex. Please be as clear and specific as possible. Please include your name and contact info in case we need clarification or further input. The Steering Committee will be reading and taking appropriate action on every suggestion but please know that due to the volume of work we can’t respond individually to suggestions.

The Steering Committee gives a special note of thanks to the Prayer Task Force. We are grateful for the impact of your prayer and thank everyone who is joining this group in prayer for St. Luke during this transition.

 

February 3, 2019

It’s exciting to see so much energy and activity surrounding the transition to 4th and Fairview! Task forces have been meeting and are already making great progress.

The Steering Committee shared updates at the Congregational Meeting on January 27.

Phase One of the renovation project will include the Sanctuary, gathering space, as well as, exterior improvements.

WE HOPE TO HAVE OUR FIRST WORSHIP SERVICE AT 4TH AND FAIRVIEW ON EASTER!

Other activities will begin to move to the new building over the next few months. Outside groups and administrative functions will remain in our current location until mid June, when Chesterton Academy vacates the building. On January 24, Session voted to engage the architectural firm, 845 Design Group, and vested all design decisions for the Sanctuary and gathering space to the Steering Committee.

Task Force Updates:

Communications and Outreach: Look for a new sign in the next few weeks at 4th and Fairview: “Coming soon: A Place Where ALL Are Welcome”

Building Improvement: The BITF will handle maintenance issues at the new building. We’re grateful to them for helping keep the heat working during the brutal cold this past week!

Engineering Review: Jack Graham and Davy McDonald (co-chairs)

Please share your ideas with us! We have created a Suggestion Box (in the Narthex, outside the Sanctuary). The Steering Committee will be reading and taking appropriate action on every suggestion but please know that due to the volume of work we can’t respond individually to suggestions.

 

January 27, 2019

All Transition Task Forces have been created. If you have not volunteered yet, it's not too late. Please send your name, email and phone to:

office@stlukedg.org and you will be placed on a team. If you did volunteer, but have not heard from a Task Force chair, please contact Amy Smith: smith6566@gmail.com.

Task Forces and Chairs:

Steering: Todd Schenk, Amy Smith, Pastor Lesley

Prayer: Kate Azo

Finance/Legal: Rob Stewart

Moving: Chris Collins, Lisa Furstenau

Communications/Outreach: Debbie Cebold

Building Improvement: Alice Utter, Jerry Pavlick

Engineering Review: Jack Graham

Technology: TJ Furstenau

Grounds: Dolores and Denny Zimmerman

The 4th Street building is now St. Luke's! We are in the process of legally transferring that building FROM the Presbytery, and our current building TO the Presbytery. But for all practical purposes, we now have full responsibility for the 4th Street building.

On Wednesday, Todd Schenk, Amy Smith and Pastor Lesley met with Eric Heinekamp, Presbytery Treasurer, and board representatives from Chesterton Academy, the high school that is currently located in the building. The meeting was very positive and productive, creating a good working relationship between us as landlords and Chesterton as tenants.

The agreement in place is for Chesterton to fully vacate the building by June 15. We will work together on using the building in the most efficient ways for Chesterton as we remodel and renovate. As well, we may look for isolated ministries of ours that can move to that location before June, without disrupting the high school. These plans could need adjusting if/when the 3910 Highland building sells.

Look every week in the Announcements and Lukan Letter for The Transition Corner, where you will find the latest information on the move.

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