This afternoon, we held an Open House tour for our spiritual community to view the building we are buying for our permanent, new location at 14 Hillary Lane.
It was wonderful to see 22 + people show up to take a tour and get a feel for what will become our ‘home.’ There was general enthusiasm and excitement about what is going to be possible at this location.
“It’s bigger than I thought it would be. Bigger than it looks from outside.”
“We have lots of room to do things and to grow.”
“The energy feels right.”
These are many of the comments I heard oft repeated as I walked around and showed people the site. Almost everyone had an idea for how to refurbish for our needs and for what should go where and why. Good thing we have an Esthetics Committee that will begin working on design ideas for painting, decorating, etc. We will be scheduling a meeting soon so that the team can begin brainstorming ideas as well as hear out suggestions and creative options from within our community.
The one thing that is definitive is that the interior room we will use as our sanctuary is currently painted entirely black for theatrical use will need to be repainted to a light and bright color. We will also be taking down a few of the non-weight bearing and false walls in the kitchen/back-room area will become an expanded fellowship area. And we will be modifying most of the doors to add windows allowing for more natural light sources.
There are other medium projects– exterior landscaping; painting the lobby, bathrooms, offices, etc.–and then there will be the bigger project of refurbishing the kitchen and returning it to use as such. But all these projects are doable along the way and won’t keep us from occupying once the escrow and details are complete.
Next week, we have our Service Sunday doing similar projects within the Chico community. And that same day at 1:00 p.m. we have our open Board Meeting with any further updates and an option to get further information.
Stay tuned because we are in an exciting and accelerated time for our community.
Thank you to our New Home Task Force and to Shannon Beattie for making this wonderful opportunity for us to be home.