Sanctuary Renewal Information

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Renewal campaign! As of January 9, 2017, 72 pledge cards totalling $652,963 had been received.

Since then, the following major actions have been taken:

January 8 Listening Meeting convened to consider priority of Renewal projects, based on total amount pledged;
January 15 Special Congregational Meeting called to approved the revised priority list for Renewal projects;
February 8 Building Committee met to discuss changes needed to the original concept drawings;
April 24 1) Building Committee representatives spoke with Seattle firm Atelier Jones regarding redesign of sanctuary and narthex portion of Renewal;

2) Restroom plans by East Beach Ventures were approved and will move ahead separately;

And coming up:

June 4 Atelier Jones currently plans to have revised concept drawings ready for the Annual Congregational meeting scheduled.


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Cost and design information for Sept. 18th special congregational meeting.


In the fall of 2012 Trinity Church Council established a sanctuary renewal task force to explore options to renew Trinity’s worship spaces. Based on extended discussions and exchange of ideas, the task force prepared a report detailing opportunities for improvement the narthex, nave, and restroom facilities.  The task force recommended retaining an architect to develop initial designs, working with an organ builder to determine the feasibility of moving an organ to the front of the sanctuary, and assessing the composition of the popcorn ceiling material.

PDF: Sanctuary Renewal Task Force Report (October 2014)

Members of the congregation council and the renewal task force have taken action on these recommendations by soliciting congregational feedback during ‘brainstorming’ meetings, discussing the technical details of the proposed projects with architects, organ builders, and AV specialists. Based in this information a preliminary budget for each element of the plan. The refined set of priorities and proposed budget were presented at a special congregational meeting in January 2016.

PDF: Recommendation to Congregation (January 2016)

To help lead the congregation through a period of discernment about how the proposed renovations align with our mission and vision, the council selected Tim Johnson, a consultant with Kairos and Associates. During a ‘listening’ period the congregation considered key interests and priorities.

Key activities of the listening phase included:

  • Church Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey (Jan./Feb. 2016)
  • One-on-one meetings/interviews with members (Feb. 2016)
  • Audit of church communication materials (March/April 2016)
  • Community Leader Panel (April 2016)

Feedback from this process has been used to guide the priorities of the renewal program as we move forward.

PDF: Kairos “Report and Recommendations” (May 2016)

Current Architectural Concepts and Drawings: June 2016


Members of council and the sanctuary renewal committee worked closely with architects Pete Ehlen (based in Santa Barbara) and Susan Jones (based in Seattle) and organ builder John Hupalo to refine design concepts for renewing the sanctuary space, merging the Grace and Trinity organs into a new organ, and modernizing the restrooms to improve accessibility.

Interim design drawings were presented to the congregation following the annual meeting in early June. Based on extensive discussion and feedback from this meeting, the architectural committee worked with the architects to further refine the designs.

Nave and Chancel: Many aspects of the sanctuary renewal proposal focus on improving the flexibility of our worship spacing while improving acoustics and creating a more intimate environment. A key element involves building a new organ in the front of the sanctuary based on components of the existing organ and pipes from the organ removed from Grace Lutheran Church. 

Narthex: The renewal program aims to make the narthex more open, inviting, and less cluttered. 

Restrooms: Ensuring that restrooms meet accessibility standards while improving comfort has been ranked as a very high priority.