Members of the Sandusky Community Church of the Nazarene celebrated their first and last service Sunday before they begin reconstruction in the former IAB Club building.
Keith Edwards, a member of the church board and vision team, said the service gave the congregation their very own glimpse of what will be a newly remodeled church by August.
Everything in the makeshift sanctuary was portable, brought in especially for the service. Pastor David Flack greeted over 500 people who came out for the celebration Sunday morning.
"Aren't you enjoying the those wooden chairs this morning? We've been spoiled with the padded pews," he said.
Blue tape lined the floors of the main room, showing the difference in the size of their current Columbus Avenue location, at 17,000 square feet, and their new location which is 50,000 square feet.
"We do have GPS units available if you'd like to make your way around the building," Flack joked with the congregation.
The reconstruction will mostly involve dividing larger rooms into smaller rooms that will be used for a variety of things including a cafe and fireside room, educational classrooms and church offices. The lower level of the building will be for teens and children and will include weight-lifting and games areas.
Except for the addition of a cross on top of the building and a new marquee, the outside of the building will remain basically the same.
The church closed with Citizens Banking Company on the $1.17 million purchase at the end of December 2007.
In 2002, Croghan Colonial Bank of Fremont foreclosed on the club because it owed more than $1 million on a $1.8 million loan.