Celebrating a new home
New sidewalks lead a welcoming path to the newly renovated building that is now St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
With the building adorned by fresh paint, colorful stained glass windows and a new sign announcing the new tenants, church members are excited for the transition.
More than two years ago, the congregation was faced with the decision to downsize and restructure.
"It was a very hard decision, but we made a decision to sell that building," said Jan Uffleman, a licensed lay preacher for the church.
Nancy Condron, also a licensed lay preacher, added that when they had the opportunity to offer the old building to a larger congregation, the church decided to sell it.
"We figured that would be a really good fit to be able to have somebody who could use all the space in the old building, and freeing us up to do more of what we feel is our calling ... in the community," said Condon.
Calvary Chapel has been growing and was constricted in its prior location. Previously, it met in the old High Desert Dance Arts space in downtown Prineville. The congregation bought the old building from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
"They are using every speck of that space," Uffleman said of the old St. Andrew's building. "It really warms our hearts to know that building is still a place of worship, and is actively used many days of the week and many hours of the day. They are using it to its full potential."
Condron said this frees up the congregation of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church to use their resources in community outreach and ministries. Uffleman added that they have been able to make some big improvements to the building, and make it their own.
The remodel includes an updated space for the sanctuary and a room to serve food and fellowship together. In the sanctuary, six stained glass windows patterned after the old chapel adorn the space. The original chapel had 12 stained glass windows that were made in England. They were made to represent the 12 Apostles.
"Our plan is to move those windows to whatever building we end up at," Uffleman explained.
She emphasized that they maintained ownership of the windows, and the original windows will be moved eventually. For now, they have copies of six of the windows on static clings.
"It's cozy and comfortable for us," she said.
Next weekend, the congregation is holding an open house for the public. Everyone is welcome to tour the new space, and refreshments will be served.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church open house
Where: New Location is 680 NE Elm St., Prineville
When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Nov. 2
Everyone is welcome to tour the new space. Refreshments will be served. Regular services are Sundays at 10 a.m.
Church phone: 541-447-5813
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