Major Phase 1 Construction on the North End of the Building Nearing Completion

On Sunday, August 10, we will begin to enjoy newly renovated spaces such as the Fireside Room, Landing area, Fellowship Hall, Administrative Offices, and new restrooms. While the majority of the work will be complete, some of the work in these areas, such as technology, AV screens, enhancing sound in the Sanctuary, and new furnishings will continue into the fall.

Entrances and Accessibility (August – November)

In early August, as we begin to enjoy the newly renovated spaces at the north end of the building, we will begin renewal and construction on the elevator and areas to the south of the Sanctuary, including the former library area and the Center for Healing and Wholeness. Many of these efforts are to enhance ministry and permanently improve accessibility.

The work at the south end of the building will impact the entrance on the east side of the building near the elevator on the sanctuary level. This entrance will be closed mid-August through November as we improve the elevator and the elevator will be out of service during this time.

Those who need handicap accessibility and same level access to the Sanctuary and second level of the building will be directed to use the door entrance on the upper east side adjacent to the fireplace. On Sunday mornings, Parking Assistants will be available to help those entering the upper east Fireside Entrance. All those not needing same level access will be encouraged to use the lower west parking lot and south lot.

In addition, the Center for Healing & Wholeness will move their offices to the south end of the gym on the lower level. Please enter at the west canopy entrance for access to the Center for Healing & Wholeness.

The map below shows available entrances and parking. (Click on the map for an enlarged view.) Thank you for your patience and assistance during this time of renewal.

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Seeking Parking Assistants

We need your help! To aid with assisted parking, we are looking for a team of four Parking Assistants each Sunday mid-August through November for 30 minutes before and after worship to lend a helping hand guiding others into the building and offering assistance as needed. Sign-up to serve as a Parking Assistant once or sign-up to serve a several times. Parking Assistants may easily attend worship when serving.

Click here to sign-up online or sign-up at the Welcome Center on Sundays for a shift or two. Please contact Amy James at amy@normluth.org with any questions.

Special Furnishings Gifts

A part of a home remodel project often includes new furnishings. The same is true for our church home! Many of NLC’s current furnishings are well worn, meaning they have served thousands of people for many years. As good stewards, we will provide for these chairs and tables to be repurposed and used in other places either within the church building or to be given to others that can continue to use them.

New furnishings will complement our renovated spaces and will be another means of providing hospitality to all who enter. Some of the furnishings have been provided for in the construction budget. Others have not, and special gifts for this purpose will help make these acquisitions possible.

Interest has been expressed by some in making a special gift for furnishings. In some cases, the gift will be over and above a pledge. In other instances, this will be a specific one-time gift for those who are not able to pledge at this time due to particular circumstances. If you are interested in making a special gift for furnishings, please contact Steve Olson, Campaign Administrator, at steveo@normluth.org or 952.929.1697. You may also click here to give a special furnishings gift online.

Continued Discussions Around Phase 2

In late summer and early fall, we will begin a process to determine if and when Phase Two will begin. This will be for the construction of a new chapel and multipurpose space that is projected to be used virtually every day of the year. The commencement of Phase Two will depend on additional and increased pledges.

The purpose of all of this project is to improve the building as a tool for mission and ministry.  Thank you – we have continued to fund our outreach ministries – and we have not yet had to borrow for construction due to your strong support!