On April 22, 2018, St. Andrew’s suffered a massive fire at the Mt Pleasant location. The Ministry Center was destroyed and all of the ground floor underneath suffered massive water damage. The remainder of the buildings were relatively unscathed though there was some smoke and water damage that needed to be repaired. This page chronicles the clean up and rebuilding from the fire.

Asbestos Removal and Clergy Moving

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Q & A on Our Construction Project: Question: What’s happening on campus? Answer: Two things to note.  First, asbestos removal from Catlin Annex began this week (see photo above). Once this removal is completed the next phase can begin. Second, we are expecting concrete to be poured along the Venning Street side of the Ministry…

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What is a Columbarium?

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Q & A on Our Construction Project: Question: Last week you mentioned that we were building a “columbarium” in the Whilden Street Courtyard.  What exactly is a columbarium? Answer: A columbarium is a place for the repose of cremated remains. The word comes from the Latin, “columba,” which means, “dove.” Originally, the term columbarium was…

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The Master Plan

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Talking to myself about summer construction plans: Question:  In your last email you mentioned a “comprehensive master plan.”  What does that mean? Answer: One of the benefits of the construction process has been the ability to create an integrated campus that has a sense of space and flow to both the architecture and landscaping.  To…

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New Building on Old Playground

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Talking to myself (again) about rebuilding the Ministry Center: Question:  As I’m driving down Venning from Simmons, what is the rectangular building that is being built on the old playground? Answer: It is our new Discipleship/Education building.  As you look at the rendering above (click on the image to see a larger version) you will…

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Conception to Framing

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Talking to myself about rebuilding the Ministry Center: Question: When I look at the steel being erected I have a hard time imagining what the new building is going to look like.  Is there something that I can look at to help me understand? Answer: Yes!  I asked Greg Shore to take photos of the…

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A Noisy Day

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Dear St. Andrew’s Family, As we write this the sound of jackhammers, cement trucks, and other construction equipment can be heard across the campus (as well as inside our buildings).  Work continues apace and our campus is literally buzzing with activity. If you’ve been by the campus of late you will see that we’ve made…

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An Extraordinary Year

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To Our Dear St. Andrew’s Family, An Extraordinary Year In my 2017 parish year-end report I concluded with these words: “I don’t know what this next ministry year will bring us but it is a future we meet with God, of this we can be sure.  I keep a card in my desk drawer with…

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A Prayer of Thanksgiving

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Download a copy for printing. Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and…

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