Over 200 people joined us in the Auditorium at Franklin at Brimhall Elementary School for today's Sunday service, which included a meditation by Rev. Mark Fisk, inspirational music by The JaJas, and an incredible talk by visiting instructor Rev. Laura Barrett Bennett.
Rev. Laura reminded us all to remember that in every situation, "There is good in this." Unity of Mesa has witnessed this firsthand with the structural issues with our Sanctuary: From the many people who have given of their time, talents, and treasures to help with moving chairs, assessing damage, and paying for repairs; to other organizations in our community, including AMC and Mesa Public School District, who have provided us with venues for our Sunday services; to the professionals who have guided us through identifying the structural issues and the solutions; to the new visitors who have found us as we have moved from one location to another. Despite outward appearances to the contrary, there is good in this!
The structural engineer provided us with a proposed plan for repairs, which the church put out for bid last week. The construction company that the church retained will begin repairs early this week, which we anticipate will include removing the existing ceiling, repairing all of the trusses, and then replacing the ceiling. Once the ceiling is down, the structural engineer should be better able to determine the cause of the damage, confirm the repair plan, and determine whether additional work will be needed. We anticipate the repairs will take approximately 2.5 weeks; we expect to continue to hold Sunday services at the Franklin at Brimhall Auditorium through at least February 1. The estimated cost for the project is $50,000. Additional donations dedicated to the cost of repairs would be much appreciated.
Tonight we started an exciting week of S.E.E. in the Field, with nearly 50 students joining us for classes taught by Revs. Paul Hasselbeck, Laura Barret Bennett, Mark Fisk, Judy Hildebrand, and Kathy Kellogg. We appreciate the love and energy this group will bring to the campus this week.