Watch a video report on the construction of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Murmansk, Northwestern Russia: https://vk.com/infoinkeri?w=wall-97961705_14595
Below is a quick summary translation:
00:01 Construction of Holy Cross Church, Murmansk, September 22, 2020
00:30 Exterior work is suspended till next spring. We’re focusing on interior work. Church volunteers will clear the land around the church on September 26. The outer sewage pipe will be removed soon. A well pump will be put into operation temporarily.
01:11 Entrance to the church apartment. Until the construction work is finished, the apartment will be used as a church office, a temporary lodging for the construction workers in the smaller room, and Sunday school in the larger room. A temporary safety railing leading up to the entrance door is planned to be installed by Christmas, so that Sunday school students may access the apartment safely.
02:10 In the future, it will house a diaconal temporary accommodation center (mini-home for seniors and disabled).
02:28 Temporary accommodation for the construction workers.
02:38 Temporary room for Sunday school.
02:56 Temporary room for the church office. To be used starting Saturday.
03:10 Restroom. To be fitted out by Saturday.
03:24 We’re negotiating a contractor to install a stretch-ceiling.
03:56 Main worship room. The ceiling is about done. To do: paint the walls; install tongue-and-groove paneling on the lower part of the walls.
04:40 Unassembled wall paneling. About the same color as the ceiling beams.
04:46 The main worship room is likely to be finished by Christmas.
04:52 Chancel. The floor underlayment in the chancel is laid. The electric wiring is in place. The white paneling slats are for the ceiling in the apartment and in the church kitchen.
05:26 Church kitchen. The church kitchen will be tiled after the restroom is tiled. Unfortunately, no kitchen equipment is in the construction budget.
05:40 The kitchen ceiling, too, will be paneled with tongue-and-groove slats.
05:57 The splash back in the kitchen will be tiled.
06:03 Dishwashing area.
06:26 Wallpaper is put up and will be painted.
06:34 Work on the restrooms will start one of these days.
06:56 The speaker says he hopes there is a lot of progress in the work during the next few weeks and the congregation can meet in the main worship room instead of downstairs by Christmas or even by Advent, God willing.
07:25 This stairway needs a handrail for people’s safety. The church is negotiating a manufacturer.
07:56 Smaller meeting room. This is where the congregation worships today. When the work in the main worship room is finished, Sunday school, youth, and other activities will meet here until all of the repair is finished.
08:26 Accounting office/Church office. Part of work has been done. Hopefully, this room is finished during Phase 1 as well.
09:07 The section of the building which is planned to be finished in Phase 2: two Sunday school classrooms, two offices, young people’s meeting room, diaconia space, and storage rooms.
10:11 Test-running the geothermal heating equipment after a small malfunction. An expansion tank for hot water supply will be installed soon, so the church gets hot water soon.
10:50 Entrance to the church apartment. A safety railing is needed.
10:55 Soffits for underneath the eaves have been purchased and will be installed next spring.
11:05 Canopies above the entrance are needed, but are planned to be mounted next spring.
11:11 The geothermal heating equipment is constantly monitored.
11:22 The smaller meeting room that is used today.
11:29 Downstairs work is currently paused.
11:46 Entrance to the church kitchen from the front door. A safety railing and stairway handrail are needed.
11:53 Church kitchen. Hopefully, with God’s blessing, we’ll be able to buy kitchen equipment.
12:06. Chancel. We hope we find funds to build an alter and an altar rail.
12:14 The territory needs a cleanup. It’s hard to invite new people to a construction site.
12:29 View of the church from the trafficway. Hopefully, one day passersby will find the sight more attractive.
12:41 We plan to release the next video review in October. We keep the continuation and the end of the construction work in our prayers. Thanks be to God for the ability to build His house and serve in it.