At 10:15 a.m. Sunday, First Mennonite Church members will meet in their renovated sanctuary for a service of celebration and dedication.


At 10:15 a.m. Sunday, First Mennonite Church members will meet in their renovated sanctuary for a service of celebration and dedication.

The community is invited. Pastor Joel Schroeder will be bringing the message, “New Wineskin.”

Sunday school will meet at 9 a.m. to accommodate the special service

The renovation began on Aug. 30 with a grand work day of removing all furnishings and carpeting. Since then, the congregation has been meeting in the fellowship hall for its worship services

Features of the renovation include an enlarged stage with front-step access, a handicap lift to the stage, a raised choir loft floor, new stage lighting, a new audio system, and a new control booth for sound, video, and lighting.

The projector screen is now hidden under the choir loft floor and is pulled up by a cable and pulley system designed and manufactured by Tim Wiens of Motivational Tubing.

The oak floors were refinished. The refinishing of the pews is still in process. The Smith pipe organ was updated by Comb’s Organ Specialist.

Members of the Sanctuary Renovation Committee were Brent Voran, chairman; Clint Litsey, project superintendent; Jordan Miller, general contractor; Daryl Unruh, architect consultant; Joel Schroeder; Naomi Unruh; and Keri Waltner.