I snapped these two pictures the last Sunday we worshiped in the "old" sanctuary. What you see is what I've seen for approximately 43 years, every Sunday.
All the pews have been disassembled and sold off. We even have one ourselves-going to make a nice bench for the front porch. The new chairs came about six weeks early-is it because it was a Canadian company? So we're sitting on those in the basement. Everybody is so excited about the new sanctuary.
The floor tiles are asbestos and we were very afraid that they would break when we pulled up the carpet. Stan decided to give it a try one day and it just came up-zip! So now the floor is bare, and after they pull out the old ceiling, insulate it (there is NO insulation in this 50's-built building), and sheetrock, new carpet will be laid. They're going to build a little kitchen in the back where the restroom and coatrack are now. Gets a little daunting hauling coffee and such from the basement. We'll bring most of the tables upstairs and store them there and the old sanctuary will now be a new flex-space. Much better use of the building.
In the back of our basement sanctuary, there is a hand carved plaque, made by a man from the congregation. It quotes Nehemiah 10: 39, "We will not neglect the house of our Lord."
Hopefully I can give you in-progress pictures, plus I have custody of the old black and white pictures of the original construction of the church. I'll show you a few of those, too.