2020 Fellowship Hall Remodel Project

Our ‘Family Room’ Needs an Update!

**Updated 6/2/2020 – See Below**

The Fellowship Hall has been a vital space for our church family to gather and spend time together over the years.

In many ways, it has been our “family room” and will continue in that role in the future.


The Fellowship Hall was built in 1979 and served 10 years as our original Sanctuary until our current Sanctuary was built in 1989 and has served us very well with virtually no changes or improvements during the last 41 years.

Remodel Team and Goals

In November 2019, the Church Council authorized the Building and Grounds Committee to form a Fellowship Hall Remodel Project Team to begin planning for remodeling the space.

The project goals are to:

  • Improve acoustics.
  • Improve lighting.
  • Enhance safety and security.
  • Make it more attractive, comfortable and functional.

The project team members are James Bonds, Eric Johnson, Natalie Wright, Bob Gibbons, Pastor Travis Meier, Rhonda Raphael, Tim Siegmund, and Shawn Reynolds.

During the architect selection process involving 3 firms, Jason Kinnard of Praxis Design Build was chosen as our architect and the team is now meeting regularly with the architect to finalize the design.


The current project cost estimate for remodeling the Fellowship Hall is $130,000.

The project will be funded outside of our annual budget by member gifts and matching funds from our See/Cohen Strategic Fund.

Currently, $10,350 in gifts have been received and $60,000 in matching funds are available for the project.

We are also working on plans and a schedule for completing the project, both of which should be finished when the Design Phase ends.

The target for completing the Design Phase is May 1.

**Current Activity** as of 4/23/2020

Shelter in place for COVID-19 continues to impact our lives and daily activities such as attending virtual church, caring for children at home, having businesses closed, etc.

This situation will continue to affect us for some time into the future. While it has been hard on families including our congregational family, we continue to stay connected and engaged with one another until this situation ends.

Throughout the shelter in place, the project team has continued working with the architect to complete the Design Phase during May.

When the design is completed, we will have drawings of the remodeled Fellowship Hall and descriptions of its new features and functionality.

After the Design Phase is completed, the Congregation Council and project team will continue to monitor the shelter in place situation to determine when it is the appropriate time to continue with the remaining project activities like fund raising and construction.

**Current Activity** as of 6/2/2020

Fellowship Hall Design Is Complete!

Fellow Members of Peace Lutheran Church, the design of the remodeled Fellowship Hall is complete and it is time to share what our remodeled “family room” will look like!

Unfortunately due to the continued limited in-person meetings, the overview of the design is shown in a 6-minute video and four 3D drawings.

All of the construction drawings are now on display in the Fellowship Hall for you to review.

The following dates and times are scheduled to have a Project Team Member available in the Fellowship Hall to provide an overview of the design, answer your questions, and listen to your input.

The Schedule is:

  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Shawn Reynolds
  • Thursday, June 4, 2020 – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Jimmy Bonds
  • Tuesday, June 9 – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Natalie Wright and Eric Johnson
  • Wednesday, June 10 – 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with Shawn Reynolds.

If you plan to attend one of these sessions, please send Eric Johnson an email to confirm your attendance to ej27gbr@gmail.com and let Eric know by email if you have any questions about the design or wish to provide any input.

At the end of the week, another announcement will provide the current status of fundraising activities.

Here are some images and the video:

Looking Ahead

As the project continues, we will provide periodic updates to keep you informed.

If you have specific questions or comments, please contact either Natalie Wright, Eric Johnson, or James Bonds.