401 SE 15th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Renovates Fellowship Hall for Contemporary Worship

Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 28, 2015) – Now more than ever, the site of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s 9:30 a.m. Sunday contemporary worship service is ready to engage congregants in a lively exploration of the Word of God. The church recently completed their planned renovations to Fellowship Hall.

“We were excited to be able to customize this location for our contemporary worship service, which often includes energetic music, moving performances and greater engagement with the congregants,” said Rev. Dr. Russ Ritchel, Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. “This new and improved space will allow us to better meet the needs of our congregants by providing yet another functional space on our campus fully equipped for worship and fellowship.”

The upgraded Fellowship Hall now features a modernized look and feel with a grey and blue color palate, acoustic ceilings, an upgraded lighting system, a new sound booth, and a new projection system with two HD projectors and 120-inch screens. The renovations also included installation of a family, ADA accessible bathroom in the lobby and new window treatments and vinyl wood flooring.

The Fellowship Hall renovation project, which began on April 6, 2015, is part of the church’s Master Plan to improve the campus and was financed by donations from church members. The project was completed by James Hartley Construction, with the help of Fisher Electric, Master Florida Builders and Zebedee Systems.

“A lot of people came together to make this renovation possible,” said Ritchel. “The church is grateful for all the participants who saw this project through from start to finish, including the church staff, the church’s Building and Grounds Committee, Rita Dobbs and Mike House, among others.”

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s Sanctuary, where 11 a.m. traditional worship services are held, is currently undergoing renovations. The upgrades to the Sanctuary, which will include a new color palate, new carpeting and upholstery, and new choir chairs, will be completed by September 4, 2015 – Just in time for the church’s annual Rally Day celebration on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

The church has no immediate plans for further renovations once the Sanctuary project is completed.

For more information on First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s contemporary and traditional worship services or the church’s upcoming Rally Day, visit www.firstpres.cc.

About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale

Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers three regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.