On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the congregation of the Delaware Church of Christ in Christian Union held a service of celebration and rededication following four years of extensive remodeling and refurbishing of the existing church facilities. Representing the Churches of Christ in Christian Union at the service and officiating the rededication were General Superintendent Dr. Tom Hermiz and District Superintendent Rev. Joe Duvall.
Upgrades began in late 2009 with the replacement of the two furnaces and air conditioning units along with all the windows in the building. The redecorating of the basement rooms and offices were done during the winter. Next was the removal of considerable unusable space on the main level of the church including a large stage area and choir loft, two offices, and a kitchen area. The new space provided for about a 75% increase in seating space. A total refurbishing of the outside of the front of the building began in 2010 with the removal of many trees, shrubs and an antiquated sign. The full transformation of the front exterior was completed this last spring with a new masonry sign.
The most miraculous phase of the remodeling began in May 2013 with the total gutting of all surfaces in the sanctuary; stripping back the entire room to ceiling joists, bare walls and bare floors. A large majority of this labor was provided by many people from the congregation. Because of all this dedicated labor and careful planning, the project was completed in just three weeks with the congregation having to relocate worship for only two Sundays.
Pastor Bill Benner presented a vivid slide presentation of the dramatic changes in the interior and exterior of the building. He said, "We could see the amazing and miraculous involvement of God in every aspect of our four year project." The first miracle was in the financing of the various projects. We waited until we had the funding in hand before we undertook each new phase. We were able to complete all this work for less than $150,000.00 with no debt because of so much volunteer labor and the willingness of so many contractors and suppliers to give the church good deals. The Lord protected the volunteers with only two minor injuries occurring during the four year effort.
A total of 128 current and former members, attendees, and guests participated in the Sunday service. A carry-in dinner, which followed in a large tent on the grounds after the ceremony, was enjoyed by over one hundred people despite a heavy downpour.
Submitted by Rev. Wallace White