Our Renovations continue to move forward with excellent progress being made. For those who have passed by the church in the past week you will have noticed the large hole that has been dug in front of the main entrance for the installation of the new water and sewer lines. In addition, while we had been cautioned by Enmax that the recent flooding in Calgary would result in a delay of several months in Enmax being able to commence work at St. Stephen’s, we have now been told that Enmax expects to be able to be on site this coming week which is very good news.
Many will also have noticed that the shrubs and flowers have been removed from the flowerbed adjacent to the Canterbury Room entrance. This was necessary in order to accommodate the new entrance ramp. What we did not want to lose however were the beautiful vines on the west-facing wall adjacent to the Canterbury Room entrance. BRAG is therefore in the process of refining the design of the new entrance ramp to ensure that these vines are able to remain in place.
The rolls of new marmoleum flooring have been delivered and the new flooring should be installed in the coming week. As well, the chairs that will replace the pews have been ordered. The finished chairs will be delivered to the church by truck; however, the unloading of the chairs into the church is not included in our cost. Therefore, when the time comes, we will be looking for 30 volunteers to unload the chairs from the delivery truck into the church. Anyone who is interested in volunteering for this should please contact Jean Springer for details.
Stay tuned … more updates on our progress to come!
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It’s time again to ramble on down for an authentic Stampede breakfast. Join us for sizzling sausages, flapjacks and more on Sunday July 7th 8:30am. Live entertainment by “Padre and the Cow Pies ” with our outdoor worship service to follow at 10:30am.
*Please note: With the kitchen being used for the breakfast there will be no 8:00 service on July 7.
Right from the start our Building Renewal Action Group (BRAG) has committed itself to managing our renovation project to be debt-free. That meant a decision in principle that we would curtail the scope of the project before borrowing money for its completion. That decision became real this week when two elements of the original design had to be dropped from our plans.
One is the windows that were to open from the narthex (entrance foyer) into the church itself. The idea was to open up the space as much as possible to those who were entering the building, making the worship space visibly accessible to worshipers and visitors alike. But it turns out that the walls in which the windows would be cut contain a low concentration of asbestos, and removing that asbestos would add $10,000 to an otherwise straightforward operation. So for the moment, the windows are gone.
Gone as well is the millwork—the cupboards and counters—we were to install downstairs in the former Nazareth and Bethlehem rooms. Both rooms were being renovated with flexibility in mind, useful both to our nursery and Sunday school programs and to community groups seeking meeting space. The millwork was therefore to accommodate storage and utility for these various uses. But our contingency fund has been eroding so quickly due to hazardous materials removal that we decided to finish the room for use now but leave the details for a later date.