Karns Hall Restoration Unveiled Sunday, June 14

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Karns Hall ready for worship
Karns Hall ready for worship

Join us for Worship in a freshly renovated Karns Hall beginning Sunday, June 14. Choose from three services:

  • 7 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Spoken
    Beat the heat for an early, quiet, contemplative service
  • 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music
    Full choir through the end of June, BCP Rite Two
  • 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Music
    Full choir through the end of June, New Zealand Prayer Book rite

Why three services? In 2014, average Sunday attendance in June was 78 at the 8 a.m. Eucharist, and 221 at the 10 a.m. Eucharist. We can’t accommodate 221 at one time in Karns Hall, so we’re offering more options. When an air conditioner failure forced a last-minute move to Karns Hall last year on July 6, the 10 a.m. attendance was 104, and we’re hoping for better attendance for a planned move. If actual attendance suggests fewer services, we’ll return to two services on July 5.

Coffee Hour will follow immediately after all three services, still in Karns Hall. A newly built Connections Table will be moved to the south wall of Karns Hall for one-stop shopping for information, event registration, and connections to friends.

Why are we doing this?
Moving summer worship to Karns Hall accomplishes three goals:

  • More closely matches the space to the size of the summer congregation. The unexpected side effect of last year’s July 6 move was a tremendous sense of intimacy in worship, and higher levels of participation and engagement at coffee hour.
  • Moves worship to a more stable air conditioning space while our compressor and control systems are being replaced in June.
  • Enables us to climate control the space around the organ only, while managing and sharply reducing an extremely high summer utility bill.

The renovations have the added benefit of beautifying and enhancing our second-largest gathering space, equipping it with better lighting and audio-visual capability, and an attractive, cleanable floor.

Restroom Improvements We’ve renovated the restrooms connected to the Lee Building, and are repairing trip hazards on the sidewalks between the buildings for a cleaner and more pleasant visit when it’s time to powder your nose!

Campus Map, Letter Landscape CHandicap Accessibility We’ll manage this two ways: We’ll designate several spaces very near the Highway 74 entrance to Karns Hall for handicapped parking only. We’ll also operate a golf-cart shuttle from the lower level parking spaces, with stops at Karns Hall and the flower pots on the north (parking lot) side of the main church, near the existing cluster of handicap spaces. In the unlikely event that an usher isn’t available to get the door for you, the Highway 74 entrance has a motorized door, and can be opened by pressing the large button on the side of the building. Able‑bodied parishioners are encouraged to park in the lower lot to allow closer parking for those who need a little extra help.

What’s included in the renovation? The newly-configured Karns Hall will offer a number of improvements to make the space more comfortable, useful, and attractive. Gone are the Start Trek warp drive light fixtures and the stage lights. Gone is the loud refrigerator from the kitchen. Gone is the coffee-magnet carpet. The renovations include invisible infrastructure upgrades, as well as these items:

  • Dramatically improved energy-efficient lighting
  • A state-of-the-art sound system to accommodate worship as well as fellowship and educational events, expandable to include coverage for major outdoor events
  • Window tinting to replace ugly vertical blinds
  • A ceramic tile floor with hard wood design
  • A fresh coat of paint, including accenting the ceiling beams in the dark brown color used when Karns was the primary worship space
  • Substantially improved audiovisual capabilities to enable better education offerings, videoconferencing, and fellowship
  • A new center-room altar as the center of our worship together
The chair we envision, minus the side book pockets.
The chair we envision, minus the side book pockets.

What’s not included? The worship chairs we want for the new space have too high a lead time to procure in time for summer, and we have not yet identified a donor. The chairs we hope to purchase for next summer are the same ones used at Virginia Theological Seminary’s new student chapel. They’re beautiful, functional, and durable.

Where’s the money coming from? The Vestry approved $70,000 of funding from unrestricted operating reserves, and it looks like we’re bringing the project in for about $63,000. In addition, Lucy Karns donated the new sound system, and Alice Sleight replaced and upgraded the lighting. Thank you! Others have indicated interest in funding the new chairs and other future projects.

What about an associate rector? The search for an associate rector is underway, and we already have interviewed some candidates. Our donors and very generous, and assume that the money they give supports mission and ministry, and not wasteful operating costs. And we can’t sustain the funding that makes that position possible without investing in projects like this one and the church air conditioner replacement that focus on reducing escalating overhead costs.

Ushers urgently needed! Our outstanding corps of ushers can’t manage all these services by themselves, especially since many of their ranks are snowbirds or are taking vacation time during the summer. It’s not a hard job, but it’s a critically important one. Can you help? If so, please let us know at the Connections Table. We need you!

See also Summer 2015 Worship in Karns Hall.

Questions?

  • The Rev. Lane Hensley, Rector
  • Barb Gibson, Senior Warden
  • Steve Hanson, Junior Warden
  • Brad Burr, Treasurer
  • Bob Dean, Vestry
  • Mary Ann Ekman, Vestry
  • Marge Freeman, Vestry
  • Meredith Hardy, Vestry
  • Samantha Hirsch, Vestry
  • Dennis Hooper, Vestry
  • Frank Jacobi-Lewis, Vestry
  • Liz Kennedy, Vestry
  • Dave Skinner, Vestry
  • Dave Strom, Vestry
27-Year-Old Compressor Being Replaced in Main Church ...
27-Year-Old Compressor Being Replaced in Main Church …
... and Its Replacement, Awaiting Installation
… and Its Replacement, Awaiting Installation
Hydraulic Control System Being Replaced by Energy Efficient Digital System
Hydraulic Control System Being Replaced by Energy Efficient Digital System
Five tanks store ice that the system makes overnight when electric rates are low. The ice is used to cool the building during the day. A sixth tank, the one on the left in the foreground, failed several years ago, but the system can operate with only five.
Five tanks store ice that the system makes overnight when electric rates are low. The ice is used to cool the building during the day. A sixth tank, the one on the left in the foreground, failed several years ago, but the system can operate with only five.
Outdated timers and electrical controls regulate the compressor's operation, and that of the cooling tower.
Outdated timers and electrical controls regulate the compressor’s operation, and that of the cooling tower.
The "heart" of our air conditioner: Two pumps circulate fluid into the ice storage tanks, and throughout the building. When either pump fails, the system is non-functional, and the pump takes days to repair. Upgrades happening now include the addition of a stand-by pump.
The “heart” of our air conditioner: The blue pumps at the bottom circulates fluid into the ice storage tanks, and its gray companion on the bottom right circulates that fluid throughout the building to cool 24 separate zones. When either pump fails, the system is non-functional, and the pump takes days to repair. Upgrades happening now include the addition of a stand-by pump.
Tenting and supplemental air conditioning to protect organ during HVAC renovation
Tenting and supplemental air conditioning to protect organ during HVAC renovation