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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. 10/3/23)


  • The prayer room is done and has been utilized by multiple groups!

  • The downstairs adult rooms and hallway have been painted, furniture has been set up, and we will be finishing decorating the hallway throughout the Fall.

  • We will be replacing the ceiling tiles in the adult rooms (to see what they will look like, you can look in B13) this Fall.



  • The new Assistant Preschool Director’s Office is complete with everything moved in.

  • The new Children’s Library is complete with everything moved in.

  • The new Children’s Resource Room (formerly Room 6) is complete with shelving and materials moved in.

  • Room 10 is complete and furniture has been moved into the room.

  • The Banner Room build out in the wiggle room is done, except for few minor finishes.

  • The check in area has been created outside the kitchen and drywalled and painted. The flooring will go in over the next couple weeks. The new Preschool Director’s office is complete.

  • Rooms 1, 5, 7 & 8 are complete with flooring.

  • The upstairs hallways are painted.

  • We are waiting on permitting for the two walls that were put in, which means we can’t complete room 2 or 9 until that is done. We plan to paint the other three walls in those rooms and the ceilings so once we are permitted, we can close the walls and paint those, put in the floor and get the furniture in quickly.

  • We need to paint the bathrooms on the downstairs adult hallway, as well as on the children’s hallway across from Room 7.

  • We have painted the stairwell.

  • We have completed the new signage with new names for the rooms both downstairs and upstairs.

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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