Its adaptive reuse honors the memory of Sibyl McDonald who brought the joys of music to hundreds of Stanley's young people during her long piano teaching career.
The beautiful stained glass windows, the elegant supports and grand openness represent the dignity and beauty appreciated by its Presbyterian founders. Preservation North Dakota aptly calls it an "architectural gem."
Fortunately, the building was well constructed and well maintained during its life as a church. As an older structure, it requires regular upkeep, repair and general maintenance in order to serve its purpose as a life enrichment center into the future.
Generous contributions from within and outside the community have financed essential structural improvements and furnishings. Donations are targeted towards repairs, upkeep and equipment.
Sibyl Board of Directors
The Foundation for Life Enrichment, Inc., is a local non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to renovating the historic First Presbyterian Church in Stanley, North Dakota, and maintaining it as a 'life enrichment' hub known as the Sibyl Center for Life Enrichment.
Completed in 1928, the brick structure is a treasure to be protected in perpetuity and used for the benefit of the greater Stanley community. The Tudor-style building stands as testimony to the quality craftsmanship of the time, a one-of-a-kind example of prairie church architecture.
Mission: The Foundation for Life Enrichment is organized exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, more specifically to enrich the quality of life in Stanley, North Dakota and the surrounding communities by encouraging the quest for learning, aesthetics, youth development and the arts. The specific goal of the foundation is the renovation and repurposing of the former Presbyterian Church in Stanley, renamed the Sibyl Center for Life Enrichment, which was donated to the foundation by the City of Stanley.
President: Lucy Solberg
Vice President: Taryn Lumley
Treasurer: Shelly Aadnes
Secretary: Don Hoirup
Members: Gina Footh, Marlene Hoirup, Derald Hoover, Linda Lumley, Kathy Ruland
Facilities Coordinator: Janinne Paulson
Facilities Manager: Kathy Ruland
Webmaster: Chris Beehler
Activities Committee: Kris Hetzel, Don Hoirup, Marlene Hoirup, Linda Lumley, Janinne Paulson, Evonne Piepkorn, Lucy Solberg, Jessica Wolter, Katie Ledin Harwood
A community center for the arts