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by Marjorie Woodfin

Pastor Warren Muller and members of the Brookings Presbyterian Church are asking all of Brookings-Harbor to help celebrate the opening of their newly remodeled sanctuary, classrooms, offices, kitchen and fellowship hall.

Eager to share their joy, they are inviting everyone to an open house and tours of the new facilities Saturday, March 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., where refreshments will be served and hospitality will be extended.

Muller explained that the church will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the congregation in mid-April He said that after 50 years the building was in need of attention.

About the just completed project, he added, andquot;The newly remodeled and expanded building prepares this congregation to express the message of Jesus Christ in the community, and in the world for the next 50 years. Come and take a walk through with us, and enjoy our fellowship and refreshments.andquot;

He added that when he was called to the church five years ago, there was the expectation of building a Christian education addition because the church had only one bona fide Sunday school room, which was not adequate for adult and children's classes.

There was also no main entrance to the facility and it was quite dark.

andquot;Now, we have a main entrance with a front door that, as you enter, leads to the sanctuary on the left, offices on the right, class rooms straight ahead and down a hall to the right the fellowship hall.

andquot;There's easy entry, easy access to all parts of the building, and no steps or thresholds to impede progress along the way. And where it was rather dark, there is now a multitude of windows, including new clerestory windows which makes it much brighter with the natural light.andquot;

The remodel began as a $500,000 project, but with increases in the cost of materials and added features, actually came to a little more than $700,000, and has taken more than four years to complete.

The planning began in 2000 when a building needs committee was formed with Lynn Sunblad as chair. About a year later, after the first committee came up with the specifications agreed upon by the congregation, a second building design committee was formed, chaired by Lee Garvin. That committee's assignment was to find an architect and come up with the design for the remodel and expansion, which took almost two years.

The next step was to hire contractor David Kitchen of DK Builders and to form a building committee. That committee was headed by Bob Faires, who said he had a lot of help from committee members, especially Buzz Hansen, whose expertise helped solve problems and save money.

Working and praying together, the congregation of the Brookings Presbyterian Church has seen the dream of a new meeting place for fellowship and worship, Christian education, and social celebrations come to fruition.

The congregation is planning Easter services in the new sanctuary on March 27, preceded by a Passover dinner in the new fellowship hall on the Thursday prior to Easter, March 24.

Sunday morning services begin at 10 a.m. The church is located at 540 Pacific Ave.