5/7/2013 4:08:00 PM Open house gives public a peek inside new church
Visitors grab a bite to eat during the open house April 28. Photo by Briana Alzola.
With the smell of food and the sound of conversation filling all its corners, the new location of the Othello Church of the Nazarene was full April 28, as its leaders held an open house barbecue for the people of Othello. Construction on the building, located at 835 S. 10th Avenue, broke ground last May, and the people at the church wanted to give the community a look inside, since they have expressed their curiosity, pastor Bob Luhn said. They are extremely pleased with their new building. "It really feels like a gift from God," he said. He was also excited to see so many people filling the building for the event. "We are very happy with the turnout," he said. In addition to administrative offices and the main sanctuary, there is a smaller chapel for small weddings and funerals or as a prayer room during the week. There are also classrooms for all ages, a daycare center and a large community room, complete with kitchen. At the event April 28, there were guided tours of the new facility, prizes and food given to members of the public. People gathered in the church's large, open lobby to catch up with neighbors or meet new people. This was a consideration when they designed the building, Luhn said. He knew his community-minded congregation loved to talk to each other and get to know new people, so he wanted an environment that would give this sense of community a chance to grow. This includes people who are looking for a place to hold a meeting or an event, he said. "We want to provide space for people," he said. The planning for the new facility began about 10 years ago, he said. The church bought the new property, also the home of the Othello Community Garden, about five years ago. Then, the next year, they began working with architect John Taylor, of Seattle. They fundraised for multiple years before construction got started last year. There were about 10 months of work before they moved in. April 28 was the fourth Sunday they were able to hold their services in the church itself, instead of at its old location on Ash Street. Construction is not yet totally complete, there are more floor coverings and those types of things to be put in as they can afford it, Luhn said. They will also be working on landscaping through the spring. As they have built the new building and gotten things ready, so many people have contributed in a variety of ways, he said. Everyone, not just the congregation, has been very supportive as the building has been completed.