Sanctuary Refresh

November 2023

The new lectern, baptismal font, and Christ candle holder that you’ve been hearing about and seen photos of have been completed by the artist, Warren Weber, and are in place in the Sanctuary. They were dedicated in worship on November 12, 2023. 

The wood in these pieces is ash and is from trees blown over in a windstorm in the Bothell area and salvaged by the artist.  The metal accents on all three pieces are aluminum.  The lectern, font and candle holder are significantly lighter in color than what we’ve had in the Sanctuary before. That is on purpose.  Worship and Liturgical Arts’ (WLA) plan and vision in using the dedicated funds to refresh the Sanctuary is to transform the space from a darker, heavier feel to a lighter, ethereal aura – enhancing the beautiful outdoor views available through our windows.

Additionally, WLA has purposely elected to have furnishings reflect the story of our faith as much as possible.  The new lectern base reflects the alpha and omega presence of God.  The baptismal base and bowl reflect moving waters.  In order to show the alpha and omega of the lectern, paraments will not be used on that furnishing.  WLA will be working with the Altar Guild on how to best display seasonal colors in the Sanctuary.

In order to make the Sanctuary furnishings more connected together esthetically the next phase of the refresh will be to restore the altar rail to its natural oak, by removing the dark stain and varnish. 

As time-honored furnishings are replaced, WLA would like to hear your ideas as to what might be done to repurpose them.  Contact WLA chair Sharon Gurtel or Pastor Lara. The temporary lectern we’ve used during the past 5 years will again be used as a classroom lectern.,

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The Sanctuary refresh project was begun pre-pandemic and designated (donor directed) funds were received in 2019. 

The overall scope of the project, which will be done in stages, is to update the look and feel of the Sanctuary with more of a nod toward an extension of the view from our beautiful windows using different mediums and lighter colored wood tones in a few new furnishings to replace worn or temporary ones. Worship and Liturgical Arts (WLA) worked with Judy Gowdy, an interior designer, to develop these overall design principles. It is WLA’s vision to use Sanctuary furnishings to help tell the story of what we believe as Christians. All of these pieces are intended to work together and be of similar design, to tell that story. 

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  • 2019: Worship and Liturgical Arts (WLA) received designated funds to use to update furnishings in the Sanctuary. Overview of proposed project presented to 2018-2019 Council received full support to proceed.
  • 2019: work begun to identify the greatest needs and a prioritization process.
  • Vision for the refresh project described how some new furnishings would bring a more contemporary look and feel to the Sanctuary, extend the outdoor elements we see through our sanctuary windows to the interior, lighten the overall color palette.
  • Met with several local artists, identified by interior designer Judy Gowdy, to hear their recommendations to achieve our vision.
  • 2020: project put on hold due to the pandemic shutdown.
  • 2023: project re-started post-pandemic – building on the work already done earlier.
  • Reviewed the artist’s recommendations from 2019.
  • Searched for a local artist with whom we could work to design and build the prioritized furnishings and stay within the dollars we had in the designated funds
  • Warren Weber from Bothell chosen, based on experience with building church furnishings, his artistry, and his love for this type of work.
  • Warren spent several hours in our Sanctuary, getting a view from all sections and the space as a whole.
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  • Replaces the temporary classroom lectern we’ve had in place for nearly 5 years.
  • Is more appropriately sized for the Sanctuary space.
  • An alpha and omega is the vertical construct.
  • Materials are natural ash wood with some minimal metal accents.
Baptismal Font and Christ Candle Holder:
  • Designed with curved wood structure representing rushing waters. The new Christ candle holder matches the design of the font.
  • The new pieces are similar in size to the furnishings they replaced.
  • Materials are natural ash wood with minimal metal accents.
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