Calvary Sanctuary Repairs
This page will be updated regularly with the repair status of the Calvary Moravian sanctuary. At this time, we appreciate your prayers for the the Calvary building, its congregation, and the church’s leadership.
Friday, February 23, 2018
The ceiling sanctuary renovations started this week with Frank L. Blum Construction Company.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Brother John Weaver, Chair of the Board of Trustees, signs a contract with Frank L. Blum to begin the sanctuary ceiling repair project. The company begins work today.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Tonight (Monday, February 19) the Joint Board of Calvary Moravian Church approved a contract with Frank L. Blum Construction Company of Winston-Salem, to complete repairs on the sanctuary ceiling. The contract will be signed on Tuesday and the company will begin work on Wednesday, February 21.
At this time, information about our insurance claim is still pending.
Several of you have asked about live streaming of our services. The leadership and staff of the congregation have been very challenged to deal with various aspects of ministry logistics as the result of the ceiling collapse. We are looking into various options concerning the video streaming ministry and appreciate your patience and understanding.
We ask for your continued prayers as we journey together through this process.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Thanks to Tom Lewtak of Lewtak Pipe Organ Builders, our organ is encased and will remain secure as we begin the work to restore our sanctuary. Step one complete! And, thanks to Bill Huesman and Jackson Pianos, on Wednesday our grand piano will be moved, cleaned, restored, and ready to lead worship in Fellowship Hall. Progress!!
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Progress is being made toward the repair of the sanctuary ceiling. On Monday evening, the Board of Trustees appointed a committee from its membership to navigate the repair process. The committee has met with insurance adjusters and is in the process of securing bids from various contractors. Once that process is complete, we will be able to share more information with you.
Mr. Tom Lewtak, from Lewtak Organ builders will be constructing a sealed chamber around the organ pipes and console to protect the instrument during the repair process. This part of the preparation work will begin early next week.
We appreciate your support, prayers and patience.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
We received some good news yesterday! Tests were done on the insulation and plaster ceiling debris and there is no evidence of asbestos! Tomorrow (weather permitting) insurance adjusters will be meeting with us to do a complete evaluation.
Mr. Tom Lewtak, of Lewtak Organ builders, who has been commissioned to begin our major organ restoration project next year was here yesterday to meet with Amanda Schumpert about how to protect the pipe organ during the ceiling repair from further dust/debris. Tom will soon be presenting a plan that will be implemented before we begin the repair process.
At this time, we do not have a time table. As we learn more you will certainly be the first to know. At this time we ask for your prayers for your staff and leadership.
Monday, January 15, 2018
On Friday evening, January 12, a portion of the plaster ceiling in our sanctuary fell along with the two front chandeliers. This morning, we met with a contractor and several engineers. They believe there is no structural damage to the building and that the ceiling can be repaired. As you can imagine, our facilities manager and trustees are busy trying to take care of the situation as quickly and efficiently as they can. We are still not completely sure what caused the ceiling to fall. Those answers will probably come with time. We will be able to resume worship in Fellowship Hall this coming Sunday, January 21.
I remain grateful to God that no one was in the building at the time the ceiling fell. This is a miracle in itself.
I want to thank the wider community for your generous outpouring of love and support. While this is our “sacred space” to worship God, I was reminded again that the building is not the church; the church is the people!
A hymn verse based on Psalm 46 kept ringing through my heart and mind the other evening when sleep escaped me:
Should earth lose its foundation,
He stands my lasting Rock,
No temporal desolation can give my love a shock;
I’ll cleave to Christ, my Savior.
No object small or great,
Nor height, nor depth, shall ever
Me from Him separate. AMEN