New Addition - Community Open House

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, the Newfane Church celebrated the completion of its new addition by hosting a Community Open House.

The gathering and celebration was held on the 239th Anniversary of the first gathering of the church on June 30, 1774.

View of New Addition

The addition provides
  • fully handicapped accessible sanctuary (elevator and ramped access to building)
  • safer entrance to and exit from the sanctuary (fire doors and stairway)
  • flexible space for children and adult activities
  • private offices for the pastor and church secretary
  • storage space (e.g. for handbells, Heritage Festival, church supplies)
 For the first time in its history, the church has a dedicated room for the Church Office. Currently the office is staffed by our part-time Secretary, Kristi Morrow, and our part-time office volunteer, Christine Gray.

Church Office
 Also for the first time, there is a Pastor's Study in the church ... cozy, but very useful ...

Pastor's Study
 On the second floor, there is a small meeting room for church boards and committees, or any other group needing a small space for gathering together. The Church Council has named the room "The Rick Wilson Room" is recognition of Rick's vision for the need for the addition, and the design, construction oversight, and completion of the building addition. Betty Horton (with some assistance from Gene) created the quilt in Rick's honor seen on the wall.

"The Rick Wilson Room" with quilt by Betty Horton done in Rick's honor.
Jean and Rick Wilson admire the quilt done in Rick's honor.
Members, friends, and visitors toured the church and the new addition, and thenenjoyed refreshments and conversation in the Fellowship Hall.

A few images from the afternoon ...

Michael Bates, General Contractor for the Addition, and Rick Wilson greet visitors in the first floor hall.
Ken and Diane Bower converse with Gene Horton in front of the elevator and new stairway.
Janet Guminak and Debbie Turner offer many tempting goodies.

Fellowship and Friendship characterize this, and every, gathering in the church.

Neil (Bucky) Pelsue, chairman of the Building, Committee offered a few brief remarks and many thanks.
It was an afternoon of fun, celebration, and good will, as Paul and Marilyn Van Gelder make clear.