In the basement of Trinity United Methodist Church is perhaps the smallest addition to the historic house of worship – a tiny porcelain figurine of a dove.
It is located above a verse from the Gospel of Luke which also adorns the wall: “For with God nothing will be impossible. The ornament is probably small enough to go unnoticed, but for Renee Troendly it represents the last four months the church has been homeless, since a broken pipe flooded the building, initiating a long process of rehabilitation and restoration. repair.
In the biblical story of Noah and his ark, the Patriarch releases a dove three times to check if the waters of the Flood have receded.
“It’s a symbol that it’s time for us to step out of our ark,” Troendly said.
This week, the Trinity United Methodist Church congregation will attend their first Sunday worship service at their home church since June. For some, this will be the first time since the Flood that they will return to the church, which has been in existence for over 70 years.
“It took about three weeks to completely dry out this church,” said Pastor Bryson Lillie. “Two-thirds of the installation is probably new.
In addition to mitigating flood damage, the church took the opportunity to install new light fixtures, repaint in depth, and replace flooring throughout the building.
“It was kind of like opening Pandora’s Box,” said Lillie. “When you go into a process like this, you start to notice so many little things. “
Troendly, who has attended church since childhood, managed the rehabilitation project. She said the church’s insurance company was paying more than $ 236,000 for repairs, while additional funds raised by the church, around $ 28,000, were used for other improvements.
The sanctuary of the church has been spruced up and repainted. Troendly also hand-lacquered all of the pews in the church, about 35 in total.
“I have run out of some stores of their products,” she joked.
The new fixtures feature a wrought-iron design that Lillie said was meant to harmonize the elements of the space, old and new.
“We try to accentuate it and have this beautiful fusion of the modern and the traditional,” he said. “We have literally advanced 40 years in our lighting capacity. “
Overlooking the sanctuary, the comfort room of the church, formerly called the room of tears, has been redesigned. And while a pipe in the bathroom two stories above the nursery was the culprit for the flooding, the murals of biblical scenes painted by Lillie’s mother in the nursery were left untouched.
“This is really my home church,” said Lillie, whose father also pastored the church between 1997 and 2003.
Worshipers were invited to Loveland’s first United Methodist Church since the Flood. Regardless, Lillie and Troendly shared how their own congregation came together to continue their work in the community, even when they were homeless.
“We’ve always been active,” Troendly said, mentioning how the group adopted the Little Free Pantry, previously run by Loveland resident Sharon Shuster Anhorn, during flood repairs.
“We still managed to shake things up. This whole church got stronger.
The grand opening of the building, located at 801 Cleveland Avenue, will begin around 9:40 a.m. Sunday and will last 15 minutes. Lillie encouraged members of the public to show up early. The service and interior dedication will begin at 10 a.m.