...declares the Lord!" (Isaiah 43.19) God is speaking through the prophet, many believe, about the coming Messiah. But we also believe that God is always doing new things, and for our congregation, it means returning to a practically new church facility after an almost eight-month absence. Amen? Much work is taking place this week and next, in anticipation of holding worship on May 19. Here are some highlights:

The PEWS are BACK! They are being individually re-assembled by hand by the folks from Kivett's

Todd (& son) from Church Organ Services prepare to re-hang the chimes

• Early next week, the piano will be moved back into place on the chancel (and tuned), followed later in the week by the organ.

• Wayne Taylor has been working at re-installing the various components of the sound system.

• STAY TUNED for an announcement about worship on May 19!

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CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! The season of resurrection continues and so does the work of restoration at Cape Fear Presbyterian. We're in the final stages of work in the sanctuary and main building (classrooms and offices). While it's possible we'll be back worshipping in our sanctuary on May 12, the following Sunday is more likely (May 19). Here's a glimpse of the excitement going on at 2606 Newkirk:

• In the sanctuary, the carpet and flooring are finished.  There are a few painting touch-ups while we wait for the pews (the week of May 6). After the pews are re-installed, we'll work to move the piano and organ back into place on the chancel and tune/test them.  The sound system will also have to be re-installed in the balcony.

• In the rest of the classrooms and offices, Pastor Jonathan will be moving back into his Study next week, and as soon as we are given the go-ahead, we'll schedule a workday to help move the belongings from Jennings Hall back into the main building.

• Pam Myhill (Director of Music) and volunteers from the choir took advantage of the nice weather to clean off chairs in anticipation of a return to the choir room.

Members of the Design Team survey the competed work in the Sanctuary and prepare a punch list for remaining work

New vinyl tile installed in hallways and classrooms

Volunteers from the Choir cleaning chairs

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The restoration is really progressing, and there has been lots of exciting work here this week! Way back when, we had hoped to be back in for Easter (see separate Easter post), but alas, not so. We're going to be close, probably more like early-to-mid May. Stay tuned!

• The painters are finishing in the sanctuary and have moved out into the hallways and classrooms.

• The carpet has arrived in the sanctuary in order to "acclimate." Installation will begin next week!

• New stainless kick plates and handles have been installed on several doors.

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