Epiphany 351 Update - October 9
The pre-construction phase of rehabilitating 351 East 74th Street to be the new home of the Church of the Epiphany and the Church of the Epiphany Day School is concluded. The construction phase begins. The ending of this phase and the beginning of the next phase doesn’t bring much in the way of a notable change in how we are doing things, however it does bring a psychological and spiritual change. Like when we know winter is truly over and the spring equinox has come. Somehow it just feels different – even when we may still have a few frosty nights or a late spring snow. It all seems more bearable knowing that we have moved into a new season.
This new season in our shared journey means that after months of probes, evaluations, budget discussions, floor plan revisions, etc. we will now begin to see actual work on the building. Over the next 8 – 12 weeks the building will have the asbestos removed, scaffolding will be erected, and interior walls will be demolished. Once that work is completed we will have a clean slate on which to move forward creating a new home for our worshiping community, our school, the Wednesday Night Supper ministry, the Carter Burden lunch program, and the many 12-step and community groups that rely on the availability of rental space at Epiphany.
Recently the Interior Design Advisory Team consisting of Chris Abelt, Caroline Angell, Louise Bozorth, Janette Gautier, and Deacon Horace Whyte began their work by creating a set of design guidelines to help us decide what items to take with us to 351 and what items are ready to be replaced. As I mentioned in an earlier 351 Update, there are 30 memorial plaques in the church and over 60 distinct pieces of liturgical furniture or stained glass windows to be evaluated. Once the guidelines have been approved by the Vestry I will share them in an upcoming 351 Update. However, I can tell you that the team and I are fully committed to making sure that all we love about our current home can find new expression in our new home.
There is still much work to be done and many months to go before we move, yet we know that God is at the center of all we hope, all we dream, and all we do. For we are, in the words of St. Peter, “like living stones being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” The many decisions we are making about bricks and mortar (both literally and figuratively) are made so as to accomplish one thing; to continually build us into a spiritual house in which God’s Holy Spirit resides and empowers us to bring forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed in all we do.