July 2021Open Life purchases the 103 year old Finn Hall

After a year of pandemic and the need for a facility, Open Life commits to purchasing and restoring the 100+ year old Finn Hall. 

Open Life purchases the Finn hall

July 2021

After praying and seeking a place to do ministry in 2020 and 2021 the opportunity to purchase the Finn Hall became a reality in the Spring of 2021. Talks turned to due diligence and gave way to a dream.  Open Life began to dream of a place where we could use as a ministry hub for classes, groups, events which we had not had in the 11 years of ministry to the community. In addition, Open Life had a dream to renovate this facility to be an event space for the community. A place where life and laughter would happen on many life occasions. Where the community could come together for meals, church, weddings, funerals and any life events that find it a fitting space.

The dream beyond that is to clean up the space with an interior remodel. Bringing the 1920's vibe back to the space that was built in 1918. We want to celebrate the imperfections and bring out the culture of this beautiful piece of the community.  We envision the addition of an entry terrace, renovated bathrooms, additional class space and a kitchen. As well as fencing the garden, courtyard and updating the parking and landscaping. We are excited to offer this as a gift to the community in the coming months and years ahead. 

"There will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness"

- Jeremiah 33:10-11 (NIV)

"You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again."

- Isaiah 18:12 (The Message)

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands."

- Psalm 90:17 (NIV)

Open Life renames the Finn Hall, The Gathering Place 

January 2022

The Gathering Place by Open Life is the new name for the 100+ year-old Finn Hall. Open Life is awaiting drawings and permits to complete the re-envisioned space where people will come together.

  • The creation of a 20 x 25 lobby
  • Bathrooms double in size and are accessed from inside the lobby
  • The main Hall renovated
  • Hallway connecting front of building to the back of the building where there are two gender-neutral bathrooms and one large or two multifunctional rooms.
  • Frame in a second story where there will in the future be a meeting room and two offices as well as a balcony.
  • Finish the basement and Studio with their entry points being in a stairwell next to the hallway (where the current office is)
  • Paint the exterior
  • Add a veranda entry
  • Fence the Garden to the East and Courtyard to the Southside

This building will serve so many community events over the years to come.

here are some of the beginning renderings of the future

give towards the legacy this space will provide