In 2010, a leaking roof motivated us to undertake a capital campaign. Thanks to your generous gifts, we replaced the roof and paid off the debt after only making two or three payments! After that, we began working through a long list of deferred maintenance and repairs.
We also created a church website (with the help of Stahr Media) and set aside ten percent of the campaign monies for mission projects in our community and beyond. More than $25,000 has been given for various mission activities including:
But there was still more to do!
In the sanctuary, deteriorating plaster and paint were falling on our musicians, sometimes during worship! They put their worship bulletins atop their coffee cups to keep from getting paint chips in their Sunday morning coffee! In other areas, years of damage had made our once-beautiful sanctuary unsightly. Scaffolding installation began on January 2, 2017. While the work was being done, the sanctuary was a hardhat zone. We worshiped in the basement for two months. Upstairs, the work continued through the month of February and into the first week of March. At last, the scaffolding came out and the final finish work could be completed. Boy Scout Troop 305 cleaned the sanctuary, dusting every pew, sweeping all of the floors, polishing the woodwork, and putting all of the furniture, hymnals, Bibles, and pencils back in the pew racks. On March 12, the second Sunday of Lent, 2017, we were back in our beautiful worship space.
There is still more to do!
The Property Committee is working diligently to rectify drainage issues that created a sometimes watery basement floor. They are investigating new doors to replace some that are becoming increasingly difficult to shut and lock. The new air conditioning unit will be installed soon. But we are blessed and we are grateful. Thank you to each and every person who played a part in the work. Most of all:
Thanks be to God!
“We are a heart for God in the heart of Sterling, a welcoming home for all of God’s children, a place of reconciliation and salvation.”
My heart is overflowing with gratitude for God's surpassing grace! This pledge is to support the mission and ministry of First Presbyterian Church, and I commit to give my time, talent and financial resources so that the name of Jesus may be glorified.
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