Friday, February 29, 2008

Last Service this Sunday

This Sunday, March 2, will mark the last service in our old church. We will celebrate with communion and a disposition of the old church building at the end of the service. We will then gather downstairs for a pot luck lunch.
March 9th will be our first regular church service in the new church. We will once again celebrate with communion followed by coffee and fellowship. There will only be one service at 11:15 on both these Sundays.
The evening lenten service on Wednesday March 5 will be in the new church in the education wing. Join us if you can!

First Council Meeting in New Church!

The Church Council met for the first time in the new church! It was also the first meeting after the new council was elected at our Feb. 9 annual meeting. The only new member to council was Brenda Scholar who endeared herself to the rest of us by bringing chocolate, chocolate cookies!!!

A lot of progress has taken place this past week. Ladies were busy cleaning while the men were busy putting up bulletin boards, hanging doors and setting up shelving. Pr. Daryl and Maureen started moving into their new space and there are some toys in the Nursery room! New chairs and tables will arrive soon. The sound people have been busy installing speakers etc. and will complete the job after we have had our last service in the new church this Sunday.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Almost Ready!

Things are really starting to come together at the new church. The flooring should be installed today and a few ladies are going to clean the two offices tomorrow. Pr. Daryl and Maureen should be able to move in next week! We should be cleaning all next week and hopefully, do the majority of the move the following week.

The kitchen sink is in but needs to connected. Appliances and cleaning will be next!

The glass is installed between the fireside lounge and parish hall.

The carpet is going down in the sanctuary.

The laminate flooring is down in the office areas. Baseboards and cleaning should complete this area! Pr. Daryl and Maureen are very anxious to move in!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A Historic Day!

Quilting Days - February 11 - 15

Twice a year the ladies of Bethlehem Lutheran Church get together to make quilts to be transported to Lutheran World Relief who then "bale" them and ship them to third world countries. This was a special time for the ladies as it is the last time we will be quilting in the old church. However, we are planning on getting together on Februaruy 27 to sew layette items to ship as well.

Avis irons the fabric which Carrie then "squares" and pieces together to ready it for sewing.

Leslie is one of the ladies who sew fabric together to make tops, fillers, or bottoms.

Doreen, June and Iris pin tops, fillers and bottoms together, to once again get them ready for the sewers.

Darlene is one of the ladies who sews the outside borders of the quilt.

Tying is a big job! Here Dorothy, Evelyn and Shelley tie one quilt while Isabel, Myrtle and Byrdie tie another one. (Evelyn wants you to know that she actually got up in time to quilt before morning coffee!!!)

Once they are tied, they are piled on the pew in stacks of 20. Later, we will pack them in the boxes Lowell has collected from the Co-op and Ag Foods to ready them for shipping. Gordon and Catherine then take them to Saskatoon where Atomic Transport transports them to the LWR office in Winnipeg. They are then baled and shipped to third world countries.

We had lots to celebrate! It was our last day of quilting in the old church. We made a total of 136 quilts and 6 blankets and it was Lila's birthday. Avis and Carrie also have February birthdays so we honoured them as well.

Prs. Ron and Daryl bring in the refreshments and Elisa, Avis and Lila bring in the cake and ice cream.
This last coffee time was very special as we shared memories of past quilting days. It would be very interesting to know how many quilts were made in this church. We have written records dating back to 1971, but most of the long time quilters feel that we started before that. The total from 1971 and on is 7, 155 quilts and 6, 350 layettes. That does not include the 136 we made this week.

Carrie shared a poem she had written in 1999. (At least we didn't sew a pair of scissors in the quilt). She ended with a prayer she had written,

"Dear Father in heaven, we give you praise
For you have blessed us in so many ways
We have an abundance of every good
We thank you for health, shelter and daily food.
We have so much, Lord forgive our greed
And help us remember the many in need
Give us compassion, make us people who care
May we show your love and be willing to share.
We pray you will bless the work of our hands
May it bring relief in many lands.

We topped off the day by touring the new church.

The Narthex is carpeted.

Some of the ladies examined the altar rail which was being stained, while others toured the all important kitchen! The drain table is in place waiting for the dishwasher to be installed.

"Where is the coffee??? It's not ready yet???" Byrdie and Doreen ask from the Fireside Lounge.

Lorne and Tony have finished the communion table.

This is what we came to see! This is where we will be quilting in the fall. The Sunday School assembly area is not as big as the basement but we will be able to make use of a Sunday School room or two for ironing or sewing. We will also have a big storage room.
The flooring is installed in most of the Sunday School area. They should be finished all the flooring by the end of next week. The mill work should also be near completion and then there is the big job of cleaning! (You wouldn't believe how dusty it is after the trades people have done their work!) Then the move begins! Maureen is ready!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's getting close!

The flooring people have been out installing lino. Most of the lino is installed but there is still carpet to lay. This has been a slower process than anticipated but we are still hopeful that we can have our first service in the new church on March 9th! Our Dedication Service is scheduled for April 20th at 2:30 pm. Keep posted for more details!

The Sunday School Assembly area is ready for lino.

One of the Sunday School rooms that has the lino installed.

The fireside lounge has already been used for Building Committee Meetings!

Lots of windows in the fireside lounge!

Our kitchen has most of the cupboards installed!

Flooring is complete in the parish hall.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Pictures from Pr. Daryl - February 2

Thanks to Pr. Daryl for these photos. It really is fun to go up to see the progress so if you have the chance, please do!

Travis and crew have finished the flooring in the parish hall!

The lino is down in the bathrooms and fixtures are going in!

The kitchen is taking shape - needs a lot of dusting/cleaning though!

Our island in the kitchen has two work levels.

The coat racks are up by the office. There is another row across the hall on the bathroom wall.

The sanctuary doors are installed. Don't take the plastic wrap off the glass yet! Less cleaning to do!

What a maze! That's quite a "coffee table!"

Some cupboards for the Sunday School assembly area.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Flooring Prgresses

Make sure you measure carefully, Travis!

The flooring is complete in the storage room. I wonder how long it will remain empty!

The flooring is down in the washrooms! Thank goodness! Now Darcy can install a much anticipated toilet!

The kitchen cupboards are nearly all installed! Flooring will be next!

We need a good sound system. Here, David and Darren are busy with the brackets for the speakers in the main sanctuary.