BIG THINGS PLANNED
by Jody Bresch
The Mars Hill Church Board voted to do some landscaping around the newly rebuilt log cabin church. There was discussion about putting in a sidewalk and a widened conrete entrance into the church. That project was completed in the fall of the year.
by Jody Bresch
Fire. Church. Mars Hill. These were the words people heard in March, 2006, on TV.
Devastation, heart broken, disbelief, who, why -- these were the thoughts of Mars Hill Church board members that day. How bad is it? Is it a total loss? Can it be rebuilt? If so, how, and at what cost?
Then they met to survey the damage. Where could they start?
But, start they did, contacting a Minnesota company that appraised the damage and estimated the rebuilding cost. After many meetings and much prayer, they made plans. But God already had plans of His own. There were people on the board who stepped forward to begin the fundraising auction. God had people waiting in the wings to join with the board. People came forward to help with different fundraisers, food, raffles, band concerts, and an auction was planned.
An architectural draftsman offered to draw up plans and take measurements of the structure before it was taken apart. There were many more who wanted to help, and help they did. Every time something was needed, God had someone who somehow stepped forward with a donation of material or money to help with rebuilding cost and labor.
The board put in much time organizing things, arranging the fundraisers and getting the word out about what was happening and when.
But it was you, the people who showed your love and faith that the church would be rebuilt, by your attendance at fundraisers, auctions, raffles and soup suppers, byyour support and attendance and donations.
The board is now gathering information, pictures and stories about Mars Hill so we can compile a book about Mars Hill and the people who knew it in the past. We as a board are looking for any information that is out there that you would be willing to share. Photos and articles will be scanned and will never every be out of your control. If you have any, please contact someone on the board.
A garage sale fundraiser is planned the first part of May. We will start taking items after April 15. We can pick up or the items can be brought to 1829 West Main Street. We are asking that no clothes be brought. They do more good taken to the Salvation Army Store.
The following work still needs to be finished: Windows to be made and installed; a door to be constructed and hung; ceiling boards put up; flooring; landscaping; fencing; and a security system installed and completed.
MARS HILL LOG CHURCH REDEDICATION SERVICE, SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2008
The annual picnic meeting and rededication of the church is planned June 8. The service will begin at 1:30 P.M., rain or shine. Senator Sennis Black will open the ceremony. Jr. R.O.T.C., Ottumwa, Iowa will perform the Presentation of Colors. The National Anthem will be sung by the Living Waters Quartet. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Senator Becky Schmitz. Senator Keith Kreiman will give the Introduction of Special Guests. Lt. Governor Patty Judge will present the Medal of Honor to John Donaldson. Senator Dennis Black with give a brief history of John Donaldson. The Ottumwa American Legion & V.F.W. will give a 21-Gun Salute. Jerry Fitck will give the Presentation of the Flage. Sgt. First Class Jeff Six will perform Taps. Dedication of Grave and Benediction will be by Rev. Henry Lippert.
Then the church dedication service will begin with a Call to Worship and Acknowledgements by Don Bramschreiber. Then there will be a hymn led by the Living Waters Quartet. Don Bramschrieber will lead a Rededication Responsive Reading. Rev. Dave Albert will give a brief Meditation and Prayer. Tom Shadonis and the Living Waters Quartet will sing Tom's "Mars Hill Song". Jody Bresch will give the Keynote Address, followed by a hymn led by the Living Waters Quartet, and Rev. Henry Lippert will give the closing Benediction.
Many things are in the planning. This is a day which you won't want to miss!
Benjamine Post, Treasurer
Mars HIll Board
Donald Bramschreiber, Chairman of the Board