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, workers, and the church’s leadership.

May 24, 2018

Let there be light!

May 21, 2018

The Sanctuary is starting to look familiar again. The scaffolding has been removed, woodwork repairs are underway, and the plastic is starting to come down.

April 16 – May 1, 2018

Repairs are continuing to progress, with the last steps of the plaster installation taking place and repairs to other damage also underway.

Pictures 1 and 2: Damage (and repair) to pew on west side of sanctuary
Pictures 3 and 4: Insulation being installed in the sanctuary attic
Pictures 5, 6, and 7: Plaster awaiting installation, workman installing plaster to edge of crown molding, and plaster drying (prior to primer and final paint coat)
Pictures 8 and 9: Chandelier, damaged after ceiling collapse and returned after repairs

April 5 – April 10, 2018

It’s not as easy to get updated pictures with all of the scaffolding in place. However, we’ve got a few to show you the latest.

The first shows the new metal lathe installed, ready for the plaster work to begin.
The second shows workers installing the first coat (scratch coat) of plaster over the organ pit.
The last shows the application of the scratch coat on the west side of the sanctuary ceiling.

A of yesterday, April 10, the entire scratch coat has been installed on the ceiling. The second coat of plaster (brown coat) should be started April 11, with completion expected by the end of the week. Finally, the last coat of plaster will be installed.

Additionally, workers are planning to start installing the attic insulation this week.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Today, Tuesday, March 13, scaffolding is being constructed to begin the process of taking down the remaining original plaster ceiling. After all the original ceiling is removed, (hopefully in two weeks) the process for rebuilding the ceiling will begin. Continue to remember this process in your prayers as well as the safety of those who work in the sanctuary each day.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Today workers with Blum Construction inserted screws to secure the remaining portion of the old plaster ceiling. This was done to keep workers safe as they move scaffolding back and forth removing each section. After all the old plaster ceiling is completely removed, the process of installing the new ceiling will begin. Please pray for the safety of everyone working on this project.

Monday, February 26, 2018

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

Dear Members,

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.

Pastor Lane

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