Yesterday the moving van’s loaded up furniture, files, fixtures and more from the parsonage and moved them to the new Church. Kudos to Cindy, Susan and Tom for directing traffic during a long day.
The handbell choir completed their first practice in the new Church in anticipation of the Decmeber 8th Opening Celebration. Joey and the band spent a long evening working with the Zamar team and our volunteers to get through the first band practice.
There are many, many details to work out before we have our first “soft opening” service in the new Church on Sunday.
Today was the first staff meeting to prepare for the first service.
Today was the last San Jose First service in the Horace Mann Elementary cafetorium, home to our church on Sunday’s since 2005.
The last hymm we sang was “We Are Marching”.
As Pastor Shinya said at last Sunday’s service, we hope our new building will be used 77/24/365. The Church has been designed with easy access for our congregation as well as community groups.
The community service room will be accessible from North Fifth street and will feature one-time, disposable numeric codes for easy entry without loaning out keys for each use. Groups may have access to the community service room only, or Atrium and restrooms as well.
There is a sink and storage cabinet in the community service room and cabinets in the Atrium which can be used for coffee and snacks before and after services. No foods or beverages will be allowed in the Sanctuary other than water.
Concrete next to the building where bike racks will soon be installed was finished on Friday.
Our construction team has been meeting weekly since the beginning of the project. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated team, and one that has kept the project moving despite hurdles along the way.
From the left, Marc Morgan, SBC project manager; Larry Smedley, SBC site manager; Paul Hocket, CEO of Vitae Archtitecture, Cindy Mandly, SJFIRST Director of operations, Dan Shore, owners prepresentative, Anthony Cirinelli, SBC project engineer