A Story of Transformation

Refurbishing & the addition of a Mural for Hoffman Hall
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 

From darkness to light . . .
From despair to hope . . .
From ashes to beauty . . .

These are all phrases that could describe our life with Christ. Lives that contain testimonies of transformation, restoration, and reconciliation. These same refrains describe the new mural that will adorn the exterior of Hoffman Hall. 

This building, gifted to Schweitzer in the 1990s has long been used as a community space for groups, including AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), NA (Narcotics Anonymous), the Boy Scouts, and other neighborhood groups. For the past several years, it has needed a facelift. This summer, we began repairing and refreshing this building. 

The basics of repairing the building were easy, but we decided we wanted more! We wanted to add art that could be enjoyed by kids who are part of the Grow to Know Preschool, by our church body, and by people entering our parking lot for various events (like Pickleball). With this in mind, we reached out to a local mural artist. 

Greg Grace, artist and owner of Imaginational, along with his team, created a beautiful visual that will fully wrap the end of the building. His team has designed a mural that displays the transformative work of God. The artwork is currently in progress, and will be finalized this fall. It is also of note that Imaginational, whose business is based on Commercial Street, has played a major role in revitalizing that part of town. 

When complete, the north-facing wall will feature hands reaching up from darkness to light. As the images extend west, an explosion of color and imagery will emphasize the message of hope that comes with a new life. 

We hope this mural will generate conversations throughout our community and be a visual reminder of the power of Christ in each of our lives.

Enjoy these photos of the progress taken with the most recent being on Aug, 30, 2023.
View even more photos at our Schweitzer Photos site.


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