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St. Michaels’ renovation complete for Palm Sunday
Written by News Desk   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:45

4-17stmike1After meeting for months in the church’s multi-purpose Parish House members of St. Michael and All Angels returned to their church sancutary last Sunday. 

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According to the Gospels Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem by celebrants laying palm fronds on the ground at his feet. Members of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church likewise paraded with palm fronds into their newly renovated church sancutary on Palm Sunday.

The sanctuary has undergone a facelift since January when construction began. The renovation was made possible thanks in large part to donations from the estates of recently deceased parrishoners especially the late Joe Struby and the late Ann Thweatt. The joy of the occasion was tempered with sadness by the abscence of Earle and Marcia Monroe. Marcia suffered a stroke late Saturday and later died due to complications resulting from the stroke.

The sanctuary received new floor and ceiling coverings, updated HVAC and lighting. One portion of the renovation that is still incomplete is the addition of an external bell tower that will be constructed in the front corner of the building.

The Parish was established in 1956. The church building was errected in 1957.

During a service on Sunday, January 4 to commemorate the renovation Rev. Mark E. Waldo Jr. named many of those over the years who contributed to the church's foundation and recent renovation.

"Among those who gave us this legacy are Chiles & Dorothy Harris, Frank Randolph, Miss Alma Pate, Elizabeth & Warren Hall Jr., and our own John Scott, whose name—as a member of the Vestry in 1957—was on the contract for the construction of this very building. We have received the legacy of Christ's light from others, the Rev. Vernon McMasters, Col. Hugh Ray in whose memory the bell is dedicated, the Revs. Bill Hudson, Jim Eliott, Bud Holby, and George Quiggle among others. Lay leaders in more recent years such Joe and Millie Struby, Joe and Anne Murphy, Elmore Hall and Claudia Scott blessed us with the light of Christ. Many still celebrate the light of souls more recently departed: Jim Searcy, Joan Johnson, and Ann Thweatt," Waldo said.

The santuary ceiling, was covered in asbestos tiles, is now finished in a dark wood planking.

"The ceiling is in the tradition of Noah's Ark you might say," said Waldo. "It looks like we took a boat and turned it upside down for a roof."

Before the renovation a tapestry adorned the wall behind the altar. That tapestry has been replaced by a large wooden relief carving that compliments the ceiling and new wooden beams in the sanctuary.

The new sanctuary got an upgrade not just in the realm of visuals but also audio. New discreet speakers for the PA system have been incorporated into the design. The sanctuary also has a new organ. Eunice Stubblefield, a regular for the Church's quaint 8am service was delighted to break in the new organ for its first liturgical use.

Waldo said that the renovations have been a blessing and that the church will provide a venue for celebration and faith for years to come.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:00
 
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