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THANKFUL FOR THOSE IN OUR PAST
This month of Thanksgiving, let’s remember those who served the Lord in this church in the past. I wrote most of what is below back in the year 2000. 2000 was a stellar year in upgrading our facilities, adding equipment, and repairing storm damage. Let’s be thankful to the Lord.
In June a violent windstorm swept through this area of Arkansas. The church sign was knocked down, a large tree limb broke off and punctured the roof near the north side eaves, and damaged shingles. Jim and Sandy Erickson uprighted the sign temporarily until Jim could replace the supporting posts that were snapped off at the base. Jim also made new hardwood lettering for the sign. The yard spotlights for the sign and front of the church had to be replaced. The hole was patched and new shingles placed on the sanctuary. The broken tree was taken down and stump removed …Men and women of the church responded with exuberance to do the cleanup of the grounds following the storm and to perform a temporary repair on the hole in the roof. Church Mutual responded in a timely and helpful manner.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION WING (ORIGINAL SANCTUARY)
West and East Wall renovations were initiated during the year. It was intended to be just a West Wall renovation but the response of the congregation was such that the East Wall was accomplished from two to three years earlier than projected. The West Wall had all the original siding...The wall was insulated for the first time, thermal windows were installed, and new Western cedar siding matching Memorial Hall was placed on the outer wall. The 1953 windows on the East Wall were replaced with thermal windows to make the facility more energy efficient. …Steps were taken to improve the attic airflow of the building. The wind turbines had not moved since they were installed. The contractor investigated and found that no air passageways had ever been provided to make the necessary airflow for good heating and cooling and roof preservation. He worked a good solution for the problem…Jim Erickson built a new shelf case out of oak for the choir members to keep their choir materials from week to week. There is a boxed space for each choir member.
Jim Erickson made new letters out of hardwood saying Presbyterian Church for mounting under the West Entrance canopy of Memorial Hall. Jim Erickson and Bill Koedam installed a window between the pastor’s office and the church office. Bill Lyon made and mounted handrails along the wall going from the church office into the main meeting area of Memorial Hall to assist handicapped persons. Additional handicap handholds were installed in the ladies restroom in Memorial Hall. The sound cabinet was strategically moved to better facilitate convenience for the sound system operators and traffic flow in and out of the sanctuary. Bill Koedam conveniently mounted holders for the crutches of Bill Jeffrey, the lead sound system operator. The church kitchen received the following equipment: four new roasters to compliment the two used ones that had been donated to the church and 125 new Correl plates were donated.
Thanks be to God!
God bless! Fred
October 12 - Elaine Miller
October 17 - Nancy Soares
November 11 - Sandy Erickson
November 13 - Charlie Lowe
November 18 - Mary Lou Bryant
November 27 - Frieda Danderson
October 22 - Bruce & Lee Powell
November 13 - Charlie & Shirley Lowe