It was a busy day at the front of the church...
Four things were happening simultaneously in the front part of the church today (the "chancel" area for those of you who like church words!):
Way up high on the scaffolding you can see a silhouette of Christopher, Jim Harvey's son. Just above him, you can see the beginnings of the new stained glass window! Christopher is helping his dad and Jim Erickson with the installation. Good thing, too, because those glass panels are heeeaaaavy!
To your left, installed, and to your right, going up, you can see the new organ grille fabric! No more sagging, dirty fabric over those organ pipe chambers on either side of the chancel area. Over time the fabric does collect dirt, so the new fabric color was chosen to match well with the color of the wooden beams as well as to hide dirt!
In the foreground in the above photo, Brian and his assistant are checking out the pew spacing for the chancel area. All the koa pews are now back in their proper places!
And, last but not least, the sound folks from Audissey were busy putting in the new sound system. More to come on that in a future email!
Rays from the cross, a touch of rock, and a ti plant rising!
So how did that stained glass get way up there??!!
News Flash: Organ Music heard from St. Peter's Sanctuary!
Two Superb Organists Playing at St. Peter's!
Yes, you heard right...the construction workers were treated to an organ concert on Tuesday! On the left is Dr. Joseph Eppink, our Director of Music and St. Peter's Organist. Next to him is Stephen Wittman, the Rogers Organ technician and a fellow organist, who is going to wrap up the organ renovation work that has been occurring for, well, about the last five years now. He flew down from Vancouver to assess the organ for the final phase of work and had the instrument sounding really, really "swell"! (Whew! All that plastic in which the construction crew wrapped that thing did the trick! Joseph and Stephen were really happy with what they heard. Yahoo!)
Ever want to see inside that organ?
Have no fear, though, there are organ pipes, too, in those chambers up high on either side!
Happy Crew with Pews...
Ah, yes, it's beginning to look like a church again!
There's still work to do, but, oh my, look at that shine! :)
Lots happening in this photo...
That's Steve with the longest roller I have ever seen. There's more than one way to paint a building when the lifts are all in service. See those two lifts behind the church? They're both working on the Diamond Head wall which seems to want a lot of attention...
Good thing those fellas know how to drive those baskets!
There's Neal! (Did you see him to the right of Steve in the top photo?)
Neal's our lead painter guy, and he's been doing detail work around the church today. Here he's making the St. Peter's "keys" all shiny gold again. After that he painted the black shields and grill work.
He sure did a better job than I tried to do a few years back on those black gates in front of the church!
Looking lovely! Look carefully, though. There's something new in this photo...
Well, yes, it's freshly painted, but there's a little something way up there that's new...
Yes, there's a cross again above the entrance to the church!
Next time you're at church see how many crosses there are on St. Peter's. You see two in this photo....
The 100 year old cross that crumbled!
Three years almost to the day--July 29, 2014--this crumbling cross was taken down for fear that pieces could fall off and hurt someone. It stood above St. Peter's from 1914 to 2014--100 years! Now a new cross sits atop that pinnacle. The new cross was made to exact specifications as the old cross by a local fabricator. It, too, is made of solid concrete but with fiberglass rebar, so it won't expand and crack like the old one. For those who like trivia, the cross weighs 168 pounds, is 35 inches high, and has an arm width of 28 inches (Sounds like an announcement for the birth of a very big baby!).
What's in those packages?
THAT is the sum total of the old stained glass altar window! With the lead between the glass pieces (as well as some of the glass pieces) crumbling as Jim Erickson and Jim Harvey took out the old window, they took it all back to Jim H.'s studio and cleaned each piece of dangerous lead residue. Jim E. then packaged all the glass pieces according to color! In the future, we will decide how we want to use these pieces.
That is a beautiful frame and window!
A most talented trio!
What view is this?!
Why this is looking up and out (Diamond Head and heaven direction) of the new "glassed in" altar window frame! The thick, multi-layered glass panels are set into the exterior "tracks" of the frame in order to protect the stained glass window which will be placed in the interior "tracks" of the frame. A "breathing" space exists between the two tracks.
This is a rare view...
Yes, the carpet is being laid! The nave area was completed this week. And, yes, this is a view from way up high. :) It's amazing how "hushed" the atmosphere has become with the carpeting.
The last of the trifecta for July 3-7!
You are getting a sneak preview of what the doors will look like next week on the exterior.
And look! There's that beautiful cross right back where it belongs on the Ewa wall above the doors--there to remind us that we go out into the world to serve Christ, proclaiming in word and deed God's love, grace, and mercy for all people.
Now THAT is high scaffolding!
By the way, notice something missing up there?
St. Peter's parishioner Stephanie Wight along with Lyn Ho Yee (Yes, Ted's daughter!) took advantage of the time while the wall was being painted and the cross was down to clean and polish the cross! It looks BEAUTIFUL! Thank you, Stephanie and Lyn, for your loving care of this historic cross.
If you don't know Hawaiian, you might be wondering what it says. This is the motto of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai`i:
He Lanakila Ma Ke Ke'a
and means "Victory Through the Cross," a victory at odds with the world's idea of victory. This is a victory of servanthood and sacrifice, of love over hate.
Lots Happened This Week!
Let's begin with the exterior...
So that was the front...
lots happening in the back, too.
Notice the four A/C condensers? We actually have eight new A/C units in the sanctuary. These four are attached to the front four A/C units on either side of the sanctuary. They fit ever so nicely on the wall just above the carriage house roof. There are three other units (one a "double,") but more on that in another email.
Did you notice that there's a guy working in that basket to the right. That's spall. No, no, that's the construction worker (I couldn't ask him his name way up there.), but what he's working on is spall! Remember that we've been talking about that? Concrete buildings are susceptible to rebar underneath corroding and expanding thereby breaking apart the concrete and causing a mess. There was a lot more spall hiding underneath St. Peter's exterior than was realized. It's kind of like surgery. Sometimes they find something more...this was one of the surprises.
Yup, that spall needed fixing! Actually, this isn't even the worst of it. In this sample, the rebar is actually still intact. The worst patch was in the "well" just Diamond Head of the makai doors. That area was so bad that it had to be completely rebuilt with new rebar. Well, imagine, a 100 year old body. You begin to need to replace a few worn out parts--hips, knees, corneas....
There are eight A/C units in the sanctuary--four on either side, all the way down the length of the sanctuary! The construction workers did an AMAZING job putting all the koa wood back and making the wall look like wall! There are a lot of hidden pipes leading to and from those A/C units!
Paint makes all the difference...
Yellow walls with white A/C units? We can't change the color of those A/C units, but we can paint the walls!
You can see a paint swatch of the new interior color to the right of the A/C unit. Those units will blend in quite nicely! Interior painting begins next week!!
(P.S. Those spall areas inside? Repaired today!)
THREE New Toilet Rooms at St. Peter's
Woo Hoo! The Inside is getting freshened up!
Or, you can ride around in the Genie Runabout!
Three Construction Updates in One Week!!!
Well, we can't forget about the toilet rooms! These guys are better than busy beavers. They plan to have these toilet rooms done by the end of next week!! The exterior was getting a really nice look today...I was kind of hoping they'd just continue over all the Parish Hall walls.... :)
It's the hallway to the toilet rooms! Yes, there are three doors. You may select Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3. If you want ADA accessible, try Door #1. If you want a baby changing area, try Door #1 or Door #3. Yes, you get two choices! If you want a toilet or a sink, well, any door will do. I'm standing in Door #3 facing the new closet we now have in which to keep restroom supplies. Hurray! You'll have to wait to visit inside those three doors. It's not polite to take photos of bathrooms. :)
That would be our project manager, Donald. Honestly, every time I try to take a photo with him in it, he disappears! This time he complied--sort of. But look where his brain ended up--behind an errant "Danger Keep Out" sign. Lol! Maybe that refers to his brain because he is working so hard to manage all the moving pieces of this construction project. Actually, Donald says he most often is on jobs--big jobs--in hospitals, and they are super picky! After all, patients' lives are involved. He's brought that same precision to St. Peter's. Thank you, Waldo!--I mean, Donald!
The exterior of the church has been undergoing extensive spall repairs ("Spall" is when the rebar under the concrete expands and cracks the concrete apart.), smoothing of old patch jobs, and painting! The makai and mauka sides of the church have ONE more coat to go next week. Then DH side is done except for some patch work, and then they will move to the front.
Yes, the ENTIRE church is being painted with ROLLERS!!! Spraying paint around would cause too much "collateral damage." You know how it is with our windy days--even the best laid plans might sprinkle that paint all over parked cars and other places where we really don't want Battenberg creamy colored paint.
Here's some of the "smoothing" work. The "smoothing" work is different from the spall repair. The spall repairs involve buckling concrete and have to be repaired. The "smoothing" work involves leveling out prior patch jobs and rough areas that became more visible with fresh paint. Basically, on a 100+ year old concrete building, there is no end to this--which would not fit into our budget--so we settled on smoothing out the roughest areas on the makai side which is a main entrance to the church. This is a "before" photo. Look at the photo at the top of this email for the "after" photo. It's like a make-up makeover!
Above you see our stained glass artists, Jim Erickson (with partner, Margo, who is also an artist) and Annalee Jones, standing next to what is the mauka panel of the altar window in the making! These are individual pieces of cut glass placed on a full-sized sketch. Blue hues are dominant in the window to better match the colors in the other sanctuary windows. Once all the pieces are cut, lead will be used to piece them together.
This is the center panel featuring the red cross. As you can see, the cross remains solidly situated on rock ("Peter, and on this rock I will build my church" Matthew 16:18). In the right, lower corner, you can see sketching of that which will be a ti plant. Glass from the original altar window is being "harvested" for this ti plant.
Here you can see the amber color of glass which will be in the center of the cross and to the left you can see a panel of lighter amber glass that will fill in the "halo" around the cross. Creamy rays will shine out from the cross through the composition.
When you come to church on Sunday, you will see the primer coat tinted with the new paint color, a lighter color than the yellow. Don't worry, though! This is just the beginning!! Two layers of paint will be rolled onto the church next week with some contrasting trim around the doorways.
What could this be?
Hm, something that needs fixing...
Yes, something that needs fixing. This is the top arch of the Altar Window opening. It is God's blessing that we took out that Altar Window because the damage is extensive. The culprit? Steel rods that were placed too close to the surface of the concrete combined with a crack that let water seep into the wall. The result? Concrete that falls apart in chucks when touched. The construction workers and our stained glass consultant wondered how in the world that altar window stayed in place all these years....
The Window is Out and the Opening all tucked in for Rainy Weather!
Although it was raining in various places around the island today, we were fortunate that the weather was fine as the remainder of the altar window was removed. The rain is beginning to come down now in town, but there are no worries because plywood on the inside and plastic on the outside has the opening all sealed up!
This is how the day started...
The remaining glass was removed and then taken to Jim Harvey's (the carpenter) shop where Jim Erickson (our stained glass artisan and designer) will "harvest" the pieces of glass that will be used in the new window. Since the window was in such a deteriorated state and can't be stored in vertical panels, Jim E. plans to remove and clean the lead residue from all the glass as he works. This is an extra bonus because we were anticipating that this would need to be done in the future.
If you look closely, you can see the lead deterioration in this sample. It is being held together by tape, front and back.
TOMORROW (weather permitting): The frame comes out! That, too, was discovered to be in much worse shape than expected and literally crumbled in some places as they were working over the last two days. Once the frame is out, the long crack along that wall as well as other spalling in the concrete will be repaired. A new aluminum frame (The nave window frames are all aluminum.) is being made on the mainland and will soon be on its way to Hawaii! In the meantime, Annalee Jones is busy working on the new window!!
Yes, you heard it right here. That great big church is getting a great big bath!--all in preparation for a fresh coat of paint. What you see that looks like white mumps on the church is, in fact, sealant over areas where concrete repair has been done. Yup, the church needed some work....
That's Jim and Jim on that lift--Jim Erickson, our stained glass consultant and designer, and Jim Harvey, master carpenter and assistant to Jim Erickson. The word from today is this: The window is coming down none too soon because soon it would have come down of its own accord and that would not have been pretty. The tape Jim E. put up as a temporary hold when the deterioration was first discovered was, in fact, beginning to flake off. First step: taping of both the front and back of the window to hold it together during the removal. During that process, it was discovered that the lead had deteriorated beyond even that which was expected making the panels come out wobbly within the tape. The panels will now go to Jim H.'s studio (closer to church than Jim E's on the North Shore) where glass will be selected for use in the ti plant in the new window and the ring around the new cross. Jim E. estimates that it will take 20 panels of glass to "harvest" enough acceptable glass for one leaf of the ti plant. Meticulous work!
You got it! This is a piece from the altar
window--covered in tape front and back, of course.
Can you figure where it came from?
Many, many thanks to Karin Kimura who left work to take official photos for the "archives" of this process!
Note: The photos in this email are just phone photos from Pastor Diane.
A NEW meeting room!
Adjacent to the three new toilet rooms, we now have a small meeting room and/or classroom! You haven't seen it yet because it has been hiding behind a plywood panel. This Sunday, though, you will see it! The door is being put in as this is being typed!! Although a small room, with its high ceiling and large jalousie windows the room has an open, "airy" feel and cross ventilation is great. Oh look...there's Sammy again! Remember him? He's the one who was creating magic on that wainscoting with all those assorted $200 to $500 tools!
Removal of the old altar window begins on Tuesday. It is in such bad condition that they will completely tape the entire window front and back before removal to prevent it from falling apart in a million pieces! The panels will be placed in special storage boxes designed and made by Robert Wight (Give him VERY BIG THANKS next time you see him!) until the glass can be cleaned (lead dust has to be removed) and made into smaller memento pieces. Jim Erickson and Annalee Jones, our stained glass artisans, will be "harvesting" pieces of the original window to use in the new window that is in fabrication and will be put in place the end of July. BTW, notice how nice that wainscoting is looking over all those A/C pipes? These skilled carpenters are amazing!
Yes! This is St. Peter's beautiful koa altar wrapped up carefully in black plastic to keep it safe and clean during the construction work. As you can see, there is plenty of dust in the sanctuary!
But, what's this?! What kind of finger graffiti do I see in all that dust?
Look very closely. Why, how appropriate for an altar!!! I'm feeling the love already.
But guess what? Your rector didn't do this. Who did?
We must have the sweetest construction workers around!
Highly skilled carpentry work is underway...
Every one of the tools you see in this photo goes for around $200 to $500! The carpenter...well, he's priceless. :) Hm, there's another carpenter we know who is totally priceless, too. In fact, he thinks every single one of us is priceless.
Thank you, Jesus!
Quick! Get a peek at the new toilet rooms before they board the area up again.
Every weekday morning they open up this space.
By 3pm everything is cleaned up, and it all disappears again behind plywood.
(view looking EWA into the space)
(view looking DH into the space)
The first is the ADA accessible bathroom with a changing table, the second is a toilet and sink,
and the third is a toilet, sink, and changing table
(Use your imagination on those for now.).
Oh, and by the way, they installed
THICK insulation between those walls.
Jim Erickson and Annalee Jones
We simply have THE BEST stained glass artisan team on the island! For the past 40 years, Jim Erickson has specialized in church window design and restoration with a studio on the North Shore. His knowledge and experience in the field are vast. He is our stained glass consultant and the one who worked with us in designing the new and improved window. A colored pencil rendition of it currently resides in the church office. Annalee Jones is the fabricator of our new window. Her studio, Glass Rainbows, is on the windward side. Annalee has an art background and entered the world of stained glass in 1995. She quickly became known for her meticulously crafted, beautiful work. Both Jim and Annalee consider the way their partnership for this project evolved to be, well, divinely guided! Are we surprised? :)
This is how it starts...
What you are looking at is a meticulously sketched drawing of one panel of the new altar window. The pattern must be sized exactly to fit the frame and each section (kind of like a patch work quilt but much more varied and complex) must be sketched out for sizing and labeled according to glass color.
Blue is just one color in the window....no, that's not right! "Blue" is many colors in the window as you can see from the samples below. In addition, there is the center cross which will remain red as well as the browns and grays of the rock on which the cross stands and other colors that will be used in the composition. Some of the glass in the original altar window will be used to make a unique and special touch--a ti plant at the base of the cross.
The replacement of this altar window is an emergency project, the need for which was discovered after our construction contract went out to bid. We are very, very blessed, with the original altar window being a gift from the Kong family in memory of Rev. Kong's father, that the descendants of Rev. Kong as well as the Kau and Liu families are gifting St. Peter's with this window in gratitude for their faithful family members who loved and were dedicated to this church. What a gorgeous tribute, and huge gratitude from us!
In memory and honor of lifelong members Samuel P.K. Liu, Sarah Kau Kong and Christopher S.C. Kong, and The Rev. Ernest Kau, brother of Sarah. Chris was the son of Rev. Kong, and Samuel and Sarah served as a team at St. Peter's, Samuel as a long time treasurer and Sarah as a long time secretary. The ti plant rising from the rock is constructed of glass harvested from the original altar window.
This is an important place!!
These are the bathrooms! Yes, plural. Enter through the door and you're in a little hallway.
Open the first door and you are in the ADA accessible bathroom. Open the second door and you are in small room with toilet and sink. Open the third door to your right as you walk in and you are in another bathroom (3 new bathrooms!!!) with a changing table for those babies!
(Actually, the ADA accessible bathroom will have a changing table, too.)
Remember those air conditioning units that disappeared from the front of the church? Well, have no fear, AC is here! The NEW air conditioning units will be along both sides of the church, so you can actually feel some cool air! The conduit lines are going up along both sides of the church. See if you can see them in the photo above. No worries. They won't look like that when everything is done!
Renovation has now begun on the sanctuary and other areas of the complex and our liturgies are being held in the parish hall. Will we have the strength to endure no organ, no beautiful stained glass, kneelers, and everything else that makes our liturgy special? Can we endure the "hall" experience and yet be as one in Christ? We've been reminded that the church is not the building but it is the people.
At the end of the 3 months (or so), I will be the first to run in the sanctuary and play the organ and wonderful grand piano. I will be so excited to worship in our space again. And yet, I am enjoying the hall experience. The people... the church... are talking to those they might not have before. The choir is closer to the congregation and singing has been heightened. The incredible people at St. Peter's continue to ensure that Christ is present in our liturgies and in each other.
Through the next few months, my question will be how to capture this elevation of singing and bring it to the sanctuary when we return. What will we be able to do to heighten the music ministry? The thoughts enter my reflections but for now, we must continue to bask in the light of the resurrection. We must continue to worship and see God in all. We must continue and we must carry on.
"Come let us praise the living God, joyfully sing to our Savior. Alleluia, alleluia! Give thanks to the risen Lord Alleluia, alleluia! Give praise to his Name." - #178, Hymnal 1982.