THANKS TO OUR INTREPID BELL RINGERS
Many thanks to Denis Nelson, Eileen Husting, Carla Naegele, Tom Stanley, Bill Henry, Mary Jo Rostek, Don DeBolt, Jan Green, Marilyn Kirk, and Rosalind Burger who served others in our community by standing outside the door of Walmart on Friday, December 15 to ring the bell for the Salvation Army red kettle drive.
Ground-Breaking for the new fellowship hall, education building, and offices wias held Sunday, December 3rd, immediately following the worship service.
AN UPDATE ON THE FIRE AND ITS AFTERMATH AT REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH
A fire broke out at Redeemer Lutheran Church on the evening of December 1, 2016 and destroyed the building which housed its fellowship hall, kitchen, library, nursery, and offices. Dedicated firefighters worked through the evening to contain the fire, and saved the congregation’s sanctuary. There was, however, smoke smell that needed to be abated immediately, and this work, along with repairs and restoration, continued in the narthex and sanctuary in the weeks following the fire.
Plans for the replacement of the 1950s and 1960s “fellowship” building had been underway for many months, even years, before the fire; and a capital fundraising campaign had been initiated in the fall of 2016. The fire obviously accelerated the need to replace what was lost. Within three weeks after the fire, the congregation hired TAP Architecture of Oklahoma City as architects for a new building. The church office and spaces for meetings and other church activities were moved into the house the congregation owns just across the street. The three-room Sunday school “annex” building which had also been spared, was promptly moved away from the burn site to provide space for a nursery and classrooms.
Fire investigators combed through the remains of the burned building and determined the fire had been of an electrical origin. Members then retrieved what little could be salvaged from the burned building. Extensive inventories of lost items were prepared as needed for the insurance settlement. Early in 2017 CRV Company of Claremore took down and removed the remains of the burned building.
From late winter into spring the building committee collected information from members of the congregation and met a number of times with TAP Architecture to determine space, design, and furnishings needs for the new building. The architects have done extensive work to prepare building drawings. At the same time work was done for the site and building by Wallace Engineering from Tulsa. Also, necessary communications with the City of Claremore about permits and requirements were made.
In May the congregation formally approved construction of the new building and authorized seeking a loan to enable construction to begin. Extensive paperwork had to be prepared and meetings held to apply for the building loan with Lutheran Church Extension Fund. Application was also made with Laborers for Christ, an organization that provides retired Lutheran workers who come from across the country in the likes of motorhomes, to spend weeks doing the actual construction work on the building.
Although there had earlier been hopes of beginning to build the new building as early as the summer of 2017, a more realistic current goal would be to do the extensive work of preparing the soil for the site, laying the foundation, and pouring a slab during what remains of 2017. Building up from there could then begin in 2018.
We are so grateful that our sanctuary was saved from the fire.
If you're retirement age and like snacks, games, and fellowship, join us for the fun of it in our "Office House on the 2nd Friday of the month beginning at 6 p.m for a potluck, Please bring your favorite games or cards and a snack or potluck item to share. Come join our merry crew for games and laughter Friday, December 8, at 6:00 pm in the "Office house" north of the church.