2020 Emmanuel Refurbishing Update

2020 Emmanuel Refurbishing Update

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

One of the responsibilities of the Vestry is to preserve and maintain the church properties. Under the leadership of Senior Warden Kirk Denkler and Junior Warden Jonathan Nateghi-Asli, your Vestry has undertaken to create a five-year plan that prioritizes needed repairs and improvements. Since COVID-19 has prevented us from using the buildings for worship and public activities, it has been the ideal time for maintenance projects that would otherwise be messy and/or disruptive. 

September 2020 report to the Vestry from Senior Warden Kirk Denkler: 

Hello Everyone,

Our contractor, Randy Williams, has been working patiently and steadily for several weeks on the Church proper windows and doors. He is remarkably thorough. He absolutely refuses to paint anything until the surface has been properly scraped, sanded, and primed (which prior painters have neglected). He has also repaired or replaced as needed so that his work is lasting. Unfortunately, previous paint jobs have been sloppy accumulations of paint and caulk that have built up to create uneven surfaces and edges, and occasionally have served to cover up gaps and bad wood. We’re uncovering more than we bargained for, but we now have the chance to make it right.

With these pictures, I hope to give you all a look at what he has done so far so you can see that his work is as much carpentry and masonry as painting with long-term results. He is uncovering the need for extra work, beyond the prepping and painting we contracted for, and I believe this is an important investment for the future integrity of the building. As often happens, it was impossible to anticipate this extra work until he actually got to work and saw the condition of much of the wood and negative effects of previous painting jobs. Both Jonathan and I agree that now is the time to take care of these neglected areas so the Church will continue to remain sound and safe.

1. Rear sealed door – Most of the left side trim was rotten and has been replaced (pics 1-1, 1-2). Pic 1-1 shows a paint stirrer stuck in the rotten wood.

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1-1.rear door_rotten trim
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1-2.rear door_replacement_trim

2Side entrance door – both main doors (and the windows) have large side gaps around the edge where wood trim meets brick. Over previous years, these were never repaired, just covered with layers of caulk (pic 2-1). Also around the doors and windows, the mortar between the courses of brick was always not filled in completely (pic 2-2). Again, originally covered by caulk that was only exposed when Randy removed all the old caulking.

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2-1.side door_gaps covered by old caulking
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2-2.side door_showing existing gaps in mortar

3.  Front entrance door – the lower left trim was rotten and replaced (pic 3-1 & 3-2). Notice the rot in the original wood piece leaning on the step. Also portions of the overhead arch were bad (pic 3-3). Along edges of the front door – and the windows and side door – Randy has been filling in the mortar gaps (pic 3-4). Notice the color of the mortar, which has been treated with dye to match the original so no conspicuous bright white contrast.

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3-1.front door_after removal of rotten trim
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3-2.front door_replacement of rotten trim
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3-3.front door_rotten wood in arch
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3-4.front door_gaps filled with new mortar

4Windows – like the doors these were covered with layers of irregular paint and caulking that covered up gaps and splits. Pic 4-1 shows where the original caulk had covered up the large gaps between the brickwork and window frame. As with the doors, Randy has been filling in these gaps with the dyed mortar (pic 4-2).

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4-1.window_gaps covered by old caulking
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4-2.window_masonry fill of existing gaps

5. Front large stained glass window – Randy will start working on this soon, but we agree that the entire trim must be replaced as it is rotten in many areas and has started to fall away (pic 5-1). Again, old caulking had covered up the gap between brick and wood. Since Trent had already replaced the sill panel with more resistant PVC material, we will do the same with the trim.

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5-1.large front stained glass_trim that needs replacement
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Randy Williams at work on Emmanuel’s entrance

As most of you know, Emmanuel has a Capital Improvement Fund which plays a vital role in providing the funds for these kinds of improvements. This fund needs to be replenished regularly, so please consider a special contribution for this purpose. Simply make your check out to Emmanuel Episcopal Church with “Capital Improvement” in the memo line or in an attached note. Send to Emmanuel Treasurer, 122 E. Court St., Woodstock, VA 22664.

Thank you!