The First Baptist Church of Hotchkiss was built in 1904, so it was time for some sprucing up! The congregation led by Pastor Jake DeField has renovated the sanctuary making it a beautiful place of worship.
Sunlight pours in through stained glass windows.
One upper level stained glass hasn't been seen since the 1980s when a drop ceiling was installed obscuring it from parishioners' view. But no more. The ceiling has been removed, dull lighting has been replaced and walls and ceiling freshly painted. Fans have been installed. The sound system has been updated.
Everything is now in place with the only thing left to do is to open wide the sanctuary doors and invite everyone to come. The church is having a four-day open house from Tuesday, Sept. 25, through Friday, Sept. 28. Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, there will be a free community dinner. Then the culmination of everyone's efforts will be the 11 a.m. rededication service on Sunday, Sept. 30. Don't be a stranger, come for the week of celebrations.
The renovation began this summer, and it's remarkable how members and non-members have donated their time in completing this project. It shows a lot of love. The attic now has R-38 insulation. Glass French doors now separate the entryway and the sanctuary. Former pews have been made into a new pulpit and a light rail around the sanctuary ceiling.
Pastor Jake DeField began his pastorate at First Baptist in October 2009. "Our goal is to be a lighthouse in the community," DeField said.blog comments powered by Disqus