Just like many members of the congregation, the sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church will be all “dressed up” for Easter Sunday services.

Just like many members of the congregation, the sanctuary at Augustana Lutheran Church will be all “dressed up” for Easter Sunday services.

The entire sanctuary - walls, ceiling and altar - have been repainted to brighten the holy place of the more than 160-year-old Andover church.

According to Rocky Atwell, church council member and chairman of church property, the colors are the same as before, but have a fresh new look. The walls are cream color, ceiling is white and the altar area is painted light blue.

The sanctuary painting is part of a Church Modernization Project which also includes the installation of air conditioning with heat pumps in the near future.

Atwell said the painting was done by O’Donnell Painting, of Davenport, Iowa, at a cost of about $76,000, and the air conditioning work will be done by Becker & Becker with wiring by Wright Electric Co., both of Geneseo.

Church pastor, the Rev. Reed Pedersen, said, “It is hoped that when both projects are complete, people can visit our building and see a lovely painted sanctuary while feeling comfortable with the indoor temperature year-round.”