Building Connections: Worship, Community, Mission
The overall intent of renovating our sanctuary is to make the whole area a visible sign of the many ways in which we believe God is revealed in worship.
The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church realized a dream of more than a decade when we completed a multi-year capital project for sanctuary renovation, elevator modernization, and a new organ in 2010—the first such upgrade to our church since the late 1960s.
As we consider the multiple ways in which God speaks to us in worship, we celebrate what the generosity of so many has enabled us to accomplish:
- The sanctuary has been renovated to include an impressive chancel with the choir space relocated from the balcony and an elevated "stage" for our communion table, baptismal font, Gospel of St. John lectern, and lowered pulpit to provide more preacher-congregation intimacy during worship. Fresh paint, realigned pews for better viewing, and enhanced lighting have transformed the worship space.
- For the first time since the early 1940s, a new state-of-the art organ and a cluster of shining pipes behind the pulpit significantly enhance the quality of our music program and accentuate the inspirational artistry of the choir. Our organ builder, A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company of Lithonia, Georgia, has made the NYAPC organ a true showpiece in the nation's capital for many years to come.
- Both elevators, which date back to the 1950s and 1960s, have been fully modernized to better serve the congregation and visitors, enhancing the hospitality and accessibility of the church for our many missions.
On January 31, 2010, noted organist Dr. Douglas Major gave an organ concert. We rededicated our sanctuary, organ, and elevators in a special worship service on February 28. NYAPC then hosted the prestigious American Guild of Organists during its national convention in Washington in July.
Hearts and Pocketbooks
A total of $2,479,000 was needed to complete this work. We welcome your gifts to help cover the cost of this or other building needs, such as restoration of the exterior of the church and eventual replacement of the current heating system. Special designated donations honoring or memorializing members and friends may be particularly appropriate.
Please contact Angela Armstrong, Church Financial Officer, at the church office for further information about gift giving opportunities and to make your gift. And thank you for all of your support and everything you have already done.