Building Together

This website describes the ongoing renovation project undertaken at Hope Church. We trust that the work done will help us to fulfill our mission today and in the future, by making our facility more welcoming, flexible, accessible, and sustainable.

Stitchers Sought for Pillow and Cushion Covers

If you’ve been in the youth room recently, you’ve seen our reupholstered sofas, which were apparently highly sought after during a recent movie night. We have some leftover upholstery fabric, inspiration for accent pillows, and some not-yet-coordinated floor cushions. Is there anyone among the very talented Hope Church community who’d like to stitch up some pillows for use in that space? And some covers for floor cushions?

If you’re interested, contact Lois Maassen directly, through the church office, or via the contact form on this website.

Help Us Banish Drywall Dust!

As the construction of the Living Hope project wraps up, we seek volunteers to help clean! We’ll be washing walls and windows, vacuuming new carpets, wiping out cupboards, removing stickers from glass… whatever it takes to make the newly finished rooms ready for furniture and use!

We’re looking for volunteers for four dates; we’ll choose the options that work best or cancel dates when the work is done. Please follow this link to indicate which of the dates might work for you. Under consideration are

  • Tuesday, February 7, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 8, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 14, 9:30 a.m.

Once again, many hands make light work, and we can prove it with your help!

January Edition of Construction Update Available

january-ev-newsletterThe January edition the the Living Hope Construction Update is available now, and there are several ways you can read it: online, on your computer, from a copy you print, or from a copy you pick up at the Welcome Center. Elzinga & Volkers provides this monthly newsletter to keep everyone–near or far–informed about progress.

Follow this link to read it online. Note the controls at the bottom of the screen: the scale at the left allows you to zoom in for legibility; the arrows in the center let you page through; and the two diagonal arrows on the far right will show the newsletter full-screen.

If you prefer to download the newsletter to read it in a PDF viewer (like Adobe Reader) or print it on your home printer, follow this link to the PDF.

A limited number of printed copies will be available at the Welcome Center–while supplies last!

 

Memorial Rose Window in New Home

The Nicodemus Bosch memorial rose window has been placed in its new home, on the south wall of the new chapel! There’s more work to be done, as layers of glass will protect the historic stained glass, but it’s exciting–and stress-reducing for our construction team–to see this step toward completion.

rose-window-in-chapelJudy Parr’s history book says this about the window: “In the late 1940s, Emma Bosch and the Randall C Bosch and Gerald J. Bosch families donated a rose window in memory of Nicodemus Bosch. Originally placed above the Last Supper woodcarving on the north wall of the chapel, it was removed to accommodate pipes for a new organ installation in 1965….”

Most recently, the window has been in the wall between the library and the Gathering Area.

Again, from Judy’s research: “The window, with a Communion chalice at the center, symbolizes the ‘communion in Jesus Christ which is essential to… our worship, fellowship, and social ministry.'”

Its symbolism and history make the window an especially meaningful element of our new chapel.

November/December Construction Update Available

A new edition the the Living Hope Construction Update is available now, and there are several ways you can read it: online, on your computer, from a copy you print, or from a copy you pick up at the Welcome Center. As part of their communications during the project, Elzinga & Volkers, our construction management partners, provide this monthly newsletter to keep everyone–near or far–informed about progress.

Follow this link to read it online. Note the controls at the bottom of the screen: the scale at the left allows you to zoom in for legibility; the arrows in the center let you page through; and the two diagonal arrows on the far right will show the newsletter full-screen.

If you prefer to download the newsletter to read it in a PDF viewer (like Adobe Reader) or print it on your home printer, follow this link to the PDF.

A limited number of printed copies will be available at the Welcome Center–while supplies last!

 

New Front Doors in Place

We can add one more thing to our gratitude lists this Thanksgiving! Two of the three front (11th Street) doors and frames have been replaced, in spite of the rainy weather.

0_all_2016-11-23-12-36-41-121The panels on the doors are like the original doors installed in 1901; the glass will allow additional light in the narthex as well as visibility of people approaching the door from either side. The original historic doors were wood; these are metal for durability. Their color was chosen to match the patina of the steeple.

The third, center set of doors will be replaced next week, weather permitting. The stairs are slated for concrete repair, too. That work is also weather-dependent, requiring enough warmth for the concrete to cure. We’re hopeful it can be done before winter sets in!

 

New Home for Rose Window

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From inside the chapel, the future site of the rose window.
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The framed-in location for the rose window, seen from the entrance.

The rose window that was in the wall of the Library facing the Gathering Area is headed for a new home. While the window itself is off site being cleaned by a stained glass expert, the new home for the window has been readied! The window will greet those who enter by the chapel door west of the sanctuary, and natural light will shine through the window during daytime events in the chapel.

Excellent to see this part of our dream become a reality!