Come to the grand opening of Holy Trinity Church

The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and McPhetres Hall are celebrating our reopening on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 4. Please join us for thanksgivings, balloons, music, tours, and theatre starting at 1 p.m. (Of course we would be delighted to see you at worship services at 8:30 or 11 a.m.)

Speaking of thanksgiving, we want to reiterate our thanks to the Rasmuson Foundation, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Theatre in the Rough, Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Northern Light United Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Reallife Four Square Church, architect Jeff Robertson, general contractor Southeast Remodel Inc., the craftsman and subcontractors who worked on the building, and hundreds of generous individuals, families, businesses, churches and foundations.

Inevitably we have neglected to mention critical contributors and for this we apologize. If you supported our effort in any way please consider yourself included in our heartfelt thanks.

To celebrate the end of the fundraising and construction phases, we are hosting a grand opening for the entire Juneau community. Our celebration will start with dedications and introductions at 1 p.m., vocal and choral music at 2 p.m., and a sneak peak preview of Theatre in the Rough’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 3 p.m. Food, balloons, tours, and child-friendly entertainment will be available throughout the afternoon.

Going forward, we would like to focus attention towards effective use of our building.

Through the generosity of our community and philanthropic foundations the Holy Trinity community has been graced with a new building, better than the old in many ways.

As noted in our fundraising case statement, we are “committed to making a place for Juneau to gather, to tell great stories, to make great music, to celebrate, to eat together, to dance.”

Our new building was designed for simultaneous rehearsals, performances, community meetings and sacred services. We want to host your performances, youth events, 12-step meetings and worship. We want our new building to overflow with community life.

Please come to our grand opening and see what your prayers and efforts have completed; not only a new modern sanctuary but also a multi-use facility for all.

Thank you Juneau, and all contributors to our restoration.

• Lukshin is chairman of the Holy Trinity Church Council.

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