A synopsis of his findings follows:
– Mechanic failure is occurring
• pipes leaning into each other
• original workmanship & quality of the organ build is poor with our organ being the company’s 4th unit ever built
• tuning via duct tape / electrical tape
– Audio scale was played to demonstrate the uneven sound
– Not in line with American Guild of Organ standards
– Maintenance costs rising and access to vital components extremely tight at best
– Electrical system not up to code compliance
– Fan hidden access
Raise the ceiling…best for ALL sound (music, song, voice)
• Organ less expensive to maintain/tune/build… (cost trade off to raise ceiling??)
• Remove carpet – carpet is absorbing material to soundwaves
• Acoustic Absorbers/Diffusers on same wall. A decorative feature with sound-directing benefits.
Scott provided some visuals of FLC revised Sanctuary... I heard multiple "gasps" indicating beauty ... it’s in the congregation’s heart!!
On 11 August the CMTE heard from Ms. Paula Kitt, MIF Regional Manager who presented to us MIF (Mission Investment Fund) resources available for things like fund-raising, consulting, etc. This information will become useful as we lay out our future plans to fund raise when we get to that point in time.
We also have been merging the FLC Visioning and Building thought practices into one cohesive strategic vision and will become the Sermon series subject matter this September through Pastor Steve and Pastor Rick Rouse. Be sure to attend these services, outlined on page 1,
Be sure to pick up your copy of the Building Assessment and Organ Assessment reports at the Information Desk or on the website at firstlutherancr.org/building. These are both for your reference and information.
Finally, a Building Committee Suggestion Box has been placed in the Narthex at the Information Desk along with an electronic version of the FLC website. We have received some very good comments from a number of you already via the Suggestion Box and those inputs have been shared with the Committee. Feel free to drop in your ideas as they pop into your mind over the coming months. We continue to receive suggestions for building improvements in the main areas of Nave, Narthex, welcoming and exterior appeal as well as the obvious issues of our roof and carpeting. We realize that the word "building" is in our committee name and your concerns have a path to Church leadership through us and the Church Council. Please keep your voice engaged by talking with any of the Committee members.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 25 August.
Tom Schamberger, chair