Council Hires Joseph Company as Construction Manager

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Council voted to hire Joseph Company from Austin, MN, as the Construction Manager for the For Generations to Come Capital Campaign project. This is the next step forward toward construction. As was previously reported, we received bids from two general contractors that were higher than our approximately $5 million budget. Joseph Company will work with 4-6 members of the Building, Sanctuary, and Fundraising teams to hone the project down to a manageable size. We expect this pre-construction work to be done and ready for congregational review and approval in mid-May. After that we’ll begin construction on a beautiful, accessible, well-designed, and affordable project.

Construction Bids Are Coming

The For Generations to Come construction bids are due December 15. The architects will review the bids and meet with campaign leaders on Sunday, December 18, 2:00 p.m. to give us their analysis. The congregation has until February 15 to make a contract. We have another round of important decisions to make. We expect the bids to be quite a bit higher than we planned a year or more ago. Plus we have various building options we need to consider (a full basement, for example). Building, sanctuary, finance and fundraising teams will meet to develop a proposal for the Council’s January 17 meeting. Once approved, the Council will host a Capital Campaign Forum on Sunday, January 29. The congregation will be able to approve the proposal at the Annual Meeting, Sunday, February 5.

Update: For Generations to Come Building Campaign

On November 9, eight Iowa-based contractors were invited to submit bids for the building addition and renovation. The bids are due December 15. Then FLC has 60 days to negotiate and select a contractor. The Council will meet January 17 to make a recommendation for approval at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 5. In between the Council meeting and Annual Meeting there will be one in-person forum on Sunday, January 22 or 29, and one Zoom-only forum sometime January 22-31. The architects estimate construction will start in April, that we’ll need to vacate the office and education wing by June 5, and be able to use the sanctuary until Labor Day weekend.

September 18 Congregational Meeting Results

Thanks to everyone who attended the Sunday, September 18 congregational meeting. The Congregation approved the Sanctuary Design principles reported by the Sanctuary Design Team. Thanks especially to the team members: William Bunge, Brenda Carlson, Kate Elliott, Jennifer Larson, Mark Muggli (chair), Carrie Nimrod, and Mark Potvin. Thanks also to our staff members Spencer Martin, Adrian Walter, and Pastor Mike Wilker. Next steps: In the next week or two, Kueny Architects will complete construction drawings for the entire addition and remodeling project. The Building Team will select contractors to invite to submit bids. We hope contractors will submit bids in October and that we might be able to celebrate a ground breaking in November or December. Thanks be to God!

Renovation Proposal: Drawings

Below you will find the drawings of the proposed FLC building renovation, provided to us by Kueny Architects. The floor plans show you the internal renovations and additions to the building. The renderings of the space (the inside and outside “pictures” and video walkthrough) are meant to give a very general visual depiction of the building, focusing on feel and structure. These drawings are not yet final. 

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Sanctuary Design Meeting #4, June 22, 2022

Having focused last week on the Assembly (including various entering/seating/worshiping configurations), we concentrated tonight on two of the three other liturgical centers, the Word and the Meal. Consultant Gale Francione again provided photographs and commentary about different possibilities. 

A fundamental contemporary worship principle is that both the proclamation and the interpretation of the Word should come from the same approximate location. We struggled with the name for this place (“pulpit” suggests a raised space for the pastor alone; “lectern” can easily suggest a book stand in a lecture hall; and “ambo,” the ancient word that liturgical designers prefer, is foreign to most people). We imagined an almost impossible combination of qualities for this building feature: artful solidity, without being a massive barrier between speaker and assembly; adjustability for different speakers, without being flimsy or overly-complicated; functionality, without seeming merely utilitarian; potentially moveable, without seeming unsubstantial.  We raised similarly high expectations for the Eucharistic table, both in its construction (artful without being over-elaborate; solid without being massive and immoveable), and in its location (in the midst of the assembly, but still visible and widely accessible). The table is often the general location for communion, but we also discussed the older traditions of communion rails and of kneeling for communion.

As we talked through all these possibilities, and more, we discussed various strategies for gathering the greatest input from the upcoming congregational gathering (June 29, 6:00-8:00 pm, Fellowship Hall). 

—The Sanctuary Design Team (including those who couldn’t attend the June 22 meeting): Pastor Mike Wilker, consultant Gale Francione, Wilfred Bunge, Brenda Carlson, Kate Elliot, Jennifer Larson, Mark Z. Muggli, Carrie Nimrod, Mark Potvin, and resource persons Adrian Walter and Spencer Martin.