Sunday at 4 pm! Sanctuary Rededication, Dedication of Thomas Memorial Library, Inaugural Concert by Gabe Evans, Reception — oh my!
All members of the Berea community are invited to celebrate with Union Church the re-dedication of their renovated sanctuary, dedication of the Thomas Memorial Library and the inaugural organ concert by Gabriel Evans this Sunday.
The sanctuary of the historic building on College Square was first dedicated in 1922 “This renovation was badly needed,” states Rev. Kent Gilbert, senior pastor. “The carpet, flooring, and painting had served us well and faithfully for fifty-four years, but they were quite worn in the process. The newly finished floors and carpeting, an improved pew arrangement that allows for a greater sense of community, and a fresh coat of paint have revitalized the building for its purpose of glorifying God and inspiring Christ-like service. We are very excited about it.”
The ribbon cutting will be at 4:00 pm.
The Thomas Memorial Library is a space with intricate woodwork by John Thomas in memory of his sons, Taran and Evan. It will be a space set aside for reading and reflection.
Then at 4:30 pm, Gabriel Evans, new Director of Music Ministries, will play his inaugural organ concert on the Steiner-Reck organ, installed in 1979. Gabe, a Pikeville, KY, native, is a 2013 graduate of EKU in Choral Education and Piano Performance and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Kentucky.
All are also welcome to a reception following the concert.
Founded in 1853 by the Rev. John G. Fee, Union Church’s Fellowship Principles from the 1850s continue to lead and guide their mission: “Union Church receives all followers of Christ and works with all who work with Him; respecting each one’s conscience, working by love, and endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”