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San Mateo, CA 94401
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Sacred Space Campus Improvement Project

The Sacred Space Campus Improvement project is a culmination of work completed by several committees and our respective architects/artists over the past five years. Focused on enhancing our experience of the divine, one group has looked at creating a more accessible and functional sanctuary and the other an adjacent memorial garden for reflection, prayer and honoring of loved ones.

April 2013 Update and Photos

Completed! Yes, we are done. The project has been unveiled. Come by to see the project in person, or look at the pictures from our Palm Sunday event.


With our joyous return to the sanctuary on Palm Sunday and the majority of the construction activities now behind us, we are focused on completing the remaining project improvements by Dedication Sunday, May 19. These improvements include:
  • New landscaping and sprinkler system along San Mateo Drive and Tilton Avenue.
  • New banner and permanent campus signage.
  • New lighting system/storage cabinet in back of sanctuary.
  • Exterior trim painting on south side of Sanctuary and west side of Kloss Hall.
  • New chancel furnishings: communion table, lecterns, baptismal font and flower stands.
We are working with Christopher Faiss, an Oakland-based furniture designer, to design and build the new chancel furnishings. The new communion table will incorporate the wooden carvings from our original chancel to honor the history of this space. Thank you to the many people that have stepped up to help fund these furnishings. Remaining memorial opportunities include:
  • Additional lectern (shorter version)
  • Additional flower stands (various sizes)
  • New campus signage on San Mateo Dr. and Tilton Avenue (3 opportunities)
  • New octave bell set for Bell Choir

Should the overall project remain under budget, as currently projected, we are investigating resealing the church parking lot, new carpeting for the Buckham Room and refinishing the hardwood floor in Kloss Hall. Each of these areas has experienced significant use, wear and tear during the past six months of construction.

The hallway bulletin board highlights the many committees, church members and friends, consultants and craftspeople that have contributed to creation of this more functional and welcoming space. Their generosity of time, talent and resources has created a sanctuary and garden that truly reflect our Guiding Principles.

It has been an honor for our committee to work on this project. Thank you for entrusting us with this special place and allowing us to see its renovation through to such a wonderful completionwaits a new picture window that will add light to the sanctuary and visually connect it with the Memorial Garden fountain.

Memorial Opportunities

There are still opportunities to memorialize or honor loved ones by dedicating some of the furnishings and new chancel windows. Please contact the church office or review the Sacred Space Memorial Opportunities brochure for details.

Project Timeline

2008 - Committees formed

2009 - Requirements developed

2010 - Plans developed

2011 - Capital Campaign commences

2012 - Project approved and building commences

2013 - Project built and completed

Memorial Opportunities