Renewing Our House ~ for Worship

  • Renewing Our House Update

    As of March 10, 2021, $68,557 has been raised or earmarked for “Renewing our House – for Worship” – our effort to update and improve the Sanctuary. We have $8,443 to go to meet our goal of $77,000. Thank you to all those that have given to the project. If you haven’t yet, please prayerfully consider giving to this project to help us reach our goal. Any funds raised above our goal will go towards improvements in other areas of the church. We are currently gathering final bids for flooring, upholstery, and painting and are hopeful that we can start on the project in the next few months.

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  • Sanctuary Renewal Project

    Sanctuary Renewal Project

    “Renewing our House ~ for Worship” is the theme of Zion’s effort to renew and update our Sanctuary and the campaign to raise the funds needed. $38,000 has already been raised and earmarked for the project which is estimated to cost about $77,000. A capital campaign will be underway from Sunday, February 28, to Sunday, April 11. Members will receive a letter in the mail about the project, asking that you contribute a little extra during this time.

    The project includes replacement of all of the carpet in the Sanctuary and the choir area, changing out the carpet on the altar platform with luxury vinyl tile, changing the upholstery on all the pews and choir chairs, painting the north wall of the Sanctuary, and painting the door and window trim around the Sanctuary. A generous donor paid for a professional interior designer to develop the design along with a group of Zion members. The colors and material chosen are on display in the narthex.

    Any amount will help, but here is an idea of how your contribution will impact the project.

    • $500 re-upholsters a pew
    • $50 re-upholsters a chair
    • $10 buys a carpet square
    • $5 buys a tile square

    Contributions can be made by mailing or dropping off an extra check at Zion. Checks should be made out to Zion Lutheran Church and noted on the memo line for the “Sanctuary Renewal Project,” or online through InFellowship (choose “Sanctuary Redesign Capital Campaign 2021” drop down).

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    With a little extra from all the members of Zion, we hope to complete the project this year. Help us “Renew our House ~ for Worship.”

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  • Sanctuary Project Update 2021.01

    Sanctuary Project Update 2021.01

    At the December annual meeting, the congregation approved conducting a capital campaign fundraising drive to raise the remaining amount for re-carpeting and reupholstering the Sanctuary. The carpet and upholstery are original to the building built in 1987 and they are showing their age. A generous donor paid for the services of professional designer, Debbie Slacter of Slacter Designs who worked with members of the congregation to choose materials and a color scheme that would be durable and provide a neutral background for the important design elements of worship. The project would include new carpet in the Sanctuary and choir area, installation of tile on the altar platform, re-upholstering of pews and choir chairs, painting of door and window trims and some small areas of the walls. The new materials and design are on display in the narthex.

    Following the selection of the design and material, an estimate for the install of the project was developed and is shown below.

    • Re-carpet interior floor (material and labor) $34,500
    • Altar floor finishes (material and labor) $10,500
    • Trim and wall paint (material) $2,000
    • Re-upholstery of pews and chairs $26,000
    • Contingency $4,000
    • Total $77,000

    Removal and reinstallation of the pews along with painting would be done by volunteers.

    Over the years the Memorial Committee has received gifts towards this project. Along with other undesignated funds managed by the Committee, the total amounts to $27,520. And just since the approval of the fund drive at the annual meeting, members have contributed an additional $1250 for a total of $28,770. Also, the Zion Foundation has pledged to commit $10,000 to the project. This leaves $38,230 left to raise to reach $77,000.

    The Capital Campaign Committee is currently being formed and it is hoped that the remaining money can be raised in a short time so the project can move forward and be completed in the near further.

    If you are interested in helping out on the project, please contact Dirk Foster. If you are interested in contributing financially to the project, you can give online (select the “Sanctuary Redesign Capital Campaign 2021” in the dropdown list), text your gift amount and the keyword ’capital’ to 763-335-1245, contact Steve Peterson at steve@zionbuffalo.org, or send your check to the church with “Sanctuary Redesign Capital Campaign” in the memo.

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  • Look at That Carpeting!

    Company is Coming in August! Yikes!

    The green Sanctuary carpet and matching pew cushions are original from when the church was built in 1989, and they are ready to be replaced. Zion’s Memorial Committee would like to complete the carpeting project in time for the company that is coming for the 150th Anniversary Weekend in August and encourages memorial gifts to be designated toward this purpose.

    Recent Memorial Committee projects have included the digital highway sign and remodeling of the kitchen, and it seems fitting to lift up a project to refresh the sanctuary and make the whole space seem new again this year as Zion celebrates 150 years of ministry.

    There is no money allocated for this project in the 2016 church budget, which means that only dollars given for this specific purpose will pay for this project. The project will begin as soon as the necessary designated dollars are in the Memorial Fund. To make a gift toward this project in memory of or in honor of a loved one:

    • Use a pew envelope and write “Sanctuary Carpeting” in the space next to “Memorial”
    • Give online and select “Sanctuary Carpeting” in the second box on the contribution page.

    At the conclusion of this project, the Memorial Committee will produce a brochure identifying all those in whose memory or honor gifts were given.

    Memorial gifts may also be designated for other projects or given as “undesignated,” allowing the Memorial Committee to decide how they can best be used.

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