It's been a busy week of good-byes at the Reese Building.
Good-bye insulation, asbestos, HVAC units, windows, doors, utility connections, trim, roof shingles, gutters, and anything else that could be pulled out of the building.
The Reese Building has been part of our church for 87 years. It has housed the church offices, LOGOS classes, the choir, Sunday School classes, the Sunday School office, and our Cumberlands Care ministry. It's been a storage place for all of the church's paraments and candles, craft supplies, picture albums, and one really old punch bowl. Brides have dressed there, and hard conversations have taken place there, and we've made new friends there, too.
We will miss that almost-too-heavy-to-open front door and the way the sunlight made the hardwood floors shine. We'll miss the soft yellows of the stained glass windows and the way plaster sometimes fell off the wall and made it look like it had snowed in the craft closet (!!). I don't think we'll miss the nearly-impossible task of keeping the building warm enough in the winter or cool enough in the summer...
Taking down Reese allows us to have something we haven't had in a long time (or ever?): a street-level entrance (no stairs at all!) to the church. And while we'll miss Reese, it sure will be nice to welcome people to our church without worrying about all those stairs.
Demolition is scheduled to begin Monday, September 30.
A wise man once noted that there is “a time to break down, and a time to build up…” (Ecclesiastes 3:3b). How true that is!
Before we can build up our new building, we have to do some breaking down.
Like building up, the work of breaking down doesn’t happen all at once: it happens in stages.
This week, we’ve been busy with the not-so-obvious phase of demolition: disconnecting utilities, closing off the spaces (ductwork, attic doors, etc) that connected the Reese Building with the rest of the church, and clearing out the stuff we can (like insulation and the HVAC unit) before demolition begins.
All of this messy, noisy work sets the stage for a whole lot more messy noisy work to come: and that's progress.
(pictured above: a big, powerful vacuum sucking the insulation out of the attic)