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Because of your generous donations, we were able to surpass our goal of raising $100,000 for phase 1A of our Building A Better Burke initiative. Our current fundraising total is $113,296. Any additional funds will go towards future phases of our renovation efforts. Thanks for your commitment to this important project! 

WELCOME: What The Project Is

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Building a Better Burke is all about reimagining our church building to better meet the needs of our church and local community! How could redesigning or upgrading our kitchen help us to support and increase our food and church ministries? How could a dedicated SHARE/outreach area help us better meet the needs of our community? How can create larger gathering spaces to create more space for community engagement? How could we better use our classroom spaces to expand or reimagine our LEARN Core Ministry Area? There are so many possibilities! Let's work together to “Build a Better Burke!”


We encourage you to look through the historical information below that outlines how we got here if this is the first you are hearing about Burke Gives Back and then read below for updates on where we are right now!


We have made amazing progress on Phase 1A! Thanks to all the volunteers who came out for our two work days and for the tireless efforts of Tom Muldoon & Mike Holmes, who have been our project managers, and the help from a handful of regular volunteers throughout the summer (Walter Rieder, Ping Wang, Charlie Wagner, Bruce Tiso, Gerry Staudte, Mike Sawin, Julie Chapman). This has been a lot of work with lots of surprises along the way (we had to have wider doors upstairs, a duct that we found was not connected, tools inside the walls, etc.), but as things are winding up, we are so excited for the way everything looks!! Below is an update on where we are and what is still left to do as we approach the Fall:

The components of Phase 1A:

  • Creating a dedicated children’s space in the hallways on the main floor consisting of rooms 1-10.

  • Moving the Prayer Chapel down to the lower level by the outside door nearest the sanctuary.

  • Creating a space for our banners in the back of the Wiggle Room.

  • Opening up the chat area outside the Fellowship Hall for a check in area for children and more space for large events using the kitchen.

  • Moving the preschool director’s office upstairs.

  • Creating adult classroom space on the hallway below the sanctuary and upstairs office area.

Ongoing Work Updates: (Last Upd. 12/3/23)


  • The rooms are all completed. We are still making decisions about how to decorate the hallway and need to paint the downstairs bathrooms.



  • The rooms and hallways are completed on the children’s wing.

  • We need to paint the bathrooms on the children’s hallway.


With the new set up, we have done even more work in the Fellowship Hall and the storage areas. In the winter, we will be setting up the two historical areas outside the music room and the Fellowship Hall. We will also be finalizing resource spaces between the entryway and Fellowship Hall for Social Justice and Care/Health and Fitness Resources.

We couldn't do this without you!
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TEAM: Who Is Helping Us Get There?

We’re grateful for the following Building Renovation Committee members who have and continue to give of their time and talents to help us Build a Better Burke!  

  • Roxanne Edwards

  • Michael Holmes

  • Tom Muldoon

  • Marion Rieder

  • Mike Sawin

  • Anne Schoolcraft (Co-chair)

  • Bruce Tiso (Co-chair)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: How did we get here?

Click through the pages below to learn more about this project!

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