Submitted by The Church of the Holy Spirit
The Church of the Holy Spirit will honor the memory of long-time Lake Forest residents Jane and Mike Weeden on Sunday, July 20, during the consecration of The Jane and Mike Weeden Terrace.
“We were blessed by their presence,” said Rob Krebs, a member of The Church of the Holy Spirit and a voice in the decision to name the terrace in the Weedens’ honor. “This is perfect way to celebrate their contributions and what the two of them meant to this church.”
The Weedens called Lake Forest home for nearly 30 years and were devoted members of The Church of the Holy Spirit. Jane served as Chairman of the church’s Altar Guild during the 1970s and 80s, and Mike served as Warden from 1988 to 1992.
The consecration of the terrace is the culmination of more than a year spent renovating The Church of the Holy Spirit’s facilities to make them both more environmentally sustainable and accessible to people with disabilities.
The Jane and Mike Weeden Terrace replaces a set of stairs that once led to the church’s main entrance.
“There’s a tradition of having stairs at many churches – as if you are leaving the day-to-day roughness of the world behind and bringing yourself closer to God,” said Thomas Rajkovich, who designed the new terrace. “We wanted to be thoughtful of the needs of those who had trouble with stairs while also being sensitive about the historic character of the original church.”
Rajkovich came up with the design after carefully studying the design of similar terraces at English hall churches throughout the United States and England.
“It’s very common in English hall churches for there to be some sort of paved terrace area where people gather before and after services,” said Rajkovich. The Jane and Mike Weeden Terrace provides this gathering space while making the entrance accessible to those with disabilities. A set of stairs to the west of the entrance allows those who are able to ascend a set of church steps.
In addition to the construction of the terrace, the church’s landscaping has also been restructured. “We wanted to celebrate the way the space has been re-envisioned,” said landscape architect Craig Bergmann.
“We wanted to design a landscape that was simple, honest, low-maintenance and appropriate,” he said. “I think it will be a nice place for someone to sit and contemplate.”
The church’s parking lot has also been redesigned to more evenly distribute rainwater, thereby reducing The Church of the Holy Spirit’s “footprint on the earth,” said Rajkovich. “There was a sense that stewardship generally means not only being good shepherds for the people in the congregation, but also the rest of creation,“ he shared.
The consecration of the new construction will take place outside The Church of the Holy Spirit’s main entrance following the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 20.