I was able to backtrack and make the original template work again. There certainly are things that can be improved, but perhaps I can make the improvements at a later time with the help of a web developer.
Thanks to all for your comments, suggestions, and patience.
I'm going to be doing some backups, upgrades, and testing of the system and various templates for the next day or two. Feel free to leave comments in order to test how everything works as well as leave feedback about what you like or dislike about the new look.
In the process the site should operate normally, so feel free to look around just like usual. I will be working on the logo and graphics after we pick out the final template.