BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL – Just in time for the holidays, and for winter, Bountiful Community Church has a new heating system.
And that’s not all.
The church also has new flooring, new energy-efficient blinds and new paint in many rooms.
A special celebration of completion is planned for Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 150 N. 400 East, in Bountiful.
“We want to thank those who made it possible and thank God for leading us and blessing us,” said the Rev. Jean Wade, pastor of the congregation.
The church, one of the oldest in south Davis County, has played a major role within the Bountiful Christian Community for decades.
Among its contributions to the community is starting the Bountiful Community Food Pantry within its walls in the 1970’s.
The Bountiful Community Church began in 1880, and in 1882 a rock structure was built at 170 W. 400 South to house a school begun by the Congregational Minister’s Monday Union, according to a church history written for the centennial celebration in 1981.
It remained in use until 1953. In 1955, the Danforth Chapel was dedicated. It was the first section of the current building to be constructed.
Some of the facility hasn’t been updated for decades. It was hard to keep it warm with the old boiler that a member kept repairing. The carpet was frayed in some areas and the linoleum and hardwood floors were damaged in some rooms.
The decision to do the renovations came as the adult Sunday class was studying “The Church Mouse: Leadership Lessons from the Magic Kingdom,” a book published by the Disney Corporation.
It helped the church’s leadership envision how to create a culture of the church, Wade said.
“We began looking at the church from the viewpoint of someone who comes as a guest. That generated an enthusiasm among members that lead to us doing all this,” Wade said.
While the church is the people and not the building, Wade said first appearances often make an impression that can bring a visitor back or cause them to look elsewhere.
Members Shelley Blundell and Diane Boyd spearheaded the flooring project, which meant moving things from each room, cleaning and sorting items and putting them back.
Up until almost the last minute, the two were sorting things and deciding what to do with them. Several couches were donated to Habitat for Humanity. Items were donated to other individuals and some were sent to the dump.
“You find all kinds of things you’d forgotten about,” Blundell said. “Some of the things we found, the church had for 60 years.”
Pam Sessions was in charge of everything dealing with the boiler and hot water.
The last few weeks, it was hard to keep the office area warm, so one day Wade and her secretary set up shop at a cafe that offered free Wi-Fi and put a note on the door that said where they could be found.
At the celebration of completion, Blundell and Boyd will share their tongue-in-cheek list of the top 12 things they learned while re-flooring the church.
Alluding to the hours of time they devoted, the list includes “The first 90 percent of the job, takes 90 percent of the time; the last 10 percent takes (another) 90 percent of the time,” and “Remodeling has a domino effect ... Full speed ahead, the kitchen is next.”
The small congregation was able to pay for the project with an endowment fund and investments, Wade said.
“We’ve been really blessed,” he said.