Sunday, December 25, 2011



Churches On Sundays
Year 2011
Index

Canada

B.C., Courtenay, St. Andrew's Pioneer Church, 5/15/11.
B.C., Metchosin, St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church 3/20/11.
B.C., Mill Bay, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 9/25/11.

B.C., North Vancouver, Deep Cove United Church, Posthumous, 4/10/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, Lynn Valley Methodist Church, Posthumous, 1/30/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, Lynnmour United Church, Posthumous, 2/20/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St.-Clara-in-the-Cove Anglican Church 
                                               (Poshumous 2015) 4/3/11.

B.C., North Vancouver, Jehovah Witness Church, 2/27/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church 3/27/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, North Lonsdale United Church1/23/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, North Shore Christian Centre, 12/4/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St. Agnes Anglican Church, 2/6/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Posthumous, 
          2/13/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St. Andrew's United Church, 1/9/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St. Catherine's Anglican Church,  1/16/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St. Clements Anglican Church,  11/23/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St. Edmund's Catholic Church, 6/19/11.
B.C., North Vancouver, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 11/6/11.
B.C., North Vancouver,  St. Richard's Anglican Church,  1/2/11.
B.C., Vancouver, Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, 12/18/11.

France

France, Paris, Notre-Dame Cathedral, 7/31/11.

                                                                          Monaco

Monaco, Monaco, St. Nicholas Cathedral, 5/29/11.


Israel

Israel, Sea of Galilee, Church of the Beatitudes, 8/21/11.


Italy

Italy, Rome, Trinita dei Monti, 6/5/11.
Italy, Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica,  4/24/11.

U.S.A.

USA-Alaska, Savoonga, Savoonga Presbyterian Church, 3/6/11.

USA-California, Alameda, First Congregational Church/United Church of 
           Christ, 9/4/11.
USA-California, Alameda, First Presbyterian Church, 5/22/11.
USA-California, Alameda, St. Joseph Bacilica, 9/11/11.
USA-California, Cathedral City, Glory to God Ministries, 10/2/11.
USA-California, Cathedral City, St. Louis Catholic Church,  10/9/11.
USA-California, La Quinta, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7/3/11.
USA-California, Palm Desert, Palm Desert Community Presbyterian Church
           4/17/11.

USA-California, Palm Desert, Peace Lutheran Church of Palm Desert,
           10/23/11.
USA-California, Palm Desert, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church,  10/15/11.
USA-California, Palm Springs, Palm Springs Baptist Church, 11/13/11.
USA-California, San Francisco, Holy Trinity Cathedral, 7/10/11.
USA-California, Stanford, Stanford Memorial Church, 7/24/11.

USA-California, Woodside, Woodside Village Church, 12/11/11.

USA-Oregon, Ashland, First United Methodist Church, 8/7/11.
USA-Oregon, Baker City, St. Francis De Sales Catholic Cathedral Parish, 5/8/11.

USA-Washington, Port Angeles, First Baptist Church, 6/12/11.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Calvary Chapel, 8/28/11.
USA-Washington, Spokane, First Church of the Nazarene, 6/12/11.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 10/30/11.

USA-Washington, Spokane, St. Aloysius Catholic Church,  3/13/11.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church,
           5/1/11.


USA-Wisconsin, Kaukauna, Trinity Evengelical Lutheran Church, 11/20/11.
USA-Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Bay View United Methodist Church, 7/3/11.
USA-Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Christ Church UCC, 8/14/11.

Vietnam, Saigon Hochiminh City, Saint-Marie Cathedral/Saigon Notre-Dame
          Basilica, 9/18/11.

                                                     Special Edition
USA-USA Memorial Day, "The Wall", 5/30/11.
USA/Canada, Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day, "The Wall", 11/11/11.
 
                                                Suzanne and brother Mark, 1944
Photos: Top photo  taken in 2011 by SW.  A photo of a musical church
                 Christmas ornament given to Suzanne in the 1980's by her brother
                 Mark Frank.
                 Bottom photo taken by Orville Frank, father of Suzanne and Mark
                 Frank, and modified by SW.  A 1944 Christmas photo of Suzanne and
                 Mark in the living room of their home on Logan Avenue in
                 Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, December 18, 2011


Christ Church Anglican Cathedral
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

North View of Christ Church

"Christ Church Cathedral, in Vancouver, British Columbia, is the cathedral church of the Diocese of New Westminster of the Anglican Church of Canada. The Cathedral is located at 690 Burrard Street on the north-east corner of West Georgia Street and Burrard Street, directly across from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

"The first service was held, without a church building, on December 23, 1888 at 720 Granville Street in the town of Vancouver. Later, on February 14, 1889, a building committee was formed to collect the necessary funds for the erection of the church. It would be located on land bought from the Canadian Pacific Railway ...

                                             Christ Church 1889 "Root  House"

"By October 1889, Christ Church′s basement was built and on October 6, the opening service was held for 52 parishioners. The joy of a new church did not last forever. By 1891 the CPR objected to the unfinished building that had quickly been nicknamed the root house. It was viewed an “eyesore” and the parishioners feared they would lose their location due to lack of funds to complete the building. Robert Mackay Fripp (architect) submitted a proposal for completion of the church, 1892.

"A financing scheme was developed by a parishioner and the cornerstone was finally laid July 28, 1894, and the church dedicated, Sunday February 17, 1895. The church was built in the Gothic Style with ceiling made of cedar planking and ceiling beams and floor constructed out of old growth Douglas fir.



                                                                      Sanctuary 1895

                                                                  Sanctuary 2011

"By 1909 the first expansion was done and by 1911 the first organ had already worn out, it used a human blower hired at $5 per month, and was replaced by a new organ manufactured by Wurlitzer. In 1920, electricity replaced candles for lighting, and in 1930 the lanterns now in the church were installed.


"In 1929, the Archbishop of New Westminster constituted Christ Church as the Cathedral Church of the Diocese. The church planned to build a bell tower, but in 1943, the city by-laws were changed to restrict church bells.

"In 1949, after many building alterations, the Casavant organ was installed. Constructed partially of war surplus parts...and remnants of the Wurlitzer, the instrument served well but had a problematic history. Spring and Fall 2004 saw the installation of a Kenneth Jones tracker organ in the south gallery of the renovated Cathedral. Comprising a three manual console and 2500 pipes, 1700 salvaged from the Casavant, it is the first Christ Church Cathedral organ custom built to speak with optimum effect in the sanctuary.


Organ on South Wall of Sanctuary Balcony 2011

"In 1971 the church membership voted to demolish the building and replace it with a hi-rise tower complex designed by Arthur Erickson. This redevelopment was opposed by the public and in 1976 after much lobbying; the cathedral was named a Class A Heritage building in the municipality of Vancouver and The Province of British Columbia.

                               Stained Glass Window on West Wall of Sanctuary

                                Stained Glass Windows on East wall of Sanctuary


"In 1995 an eleven year program of Restoration and Renewal was begun. Christ Church Cathedral is the Regimental Church of the Seaforth Highlanders and is in the process of being designated Regimental Church of the BC Regiment, Duke of Connaught's Own. It is also the church at which the British royal family worships when in Vancouver. (See Link.)  The 32 stained glass windows were made in England and Canada.  Most of them are memorials. (See REF.)
Photos: Taken in November 2011 by SW.
Reference and "Root House" and "1885" photo taken from  pamphlet "Christ Church Cathedral, A Brief History"
Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Church_Cathedral_(Vancouver)

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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)


Sunday, December 11, 2011


Woodside Village Church
Woodside, California

"The small town of Woodside, California is said to be the oldest English-speaking settlement in the Southern part of the San Francisco Peninsula. The first English-speaking settlers arrived here in the 18th century to log the rich stands of Redwoods. The Mexican and Spanish settlers of roughly the same period gave Spanish place names, like Sierra Morena (Brown Mountain) and El Corte de Madera (the place where timber is cut). In 1849, during the California Gold Rush, 20-year-old Mathias Alfred Parkhurst purchased 127 acres of timberland and called it "Woodside." That is the name that stuck. Around 1838 Charles Brown built the first saw mill here and by 1850 there were a dozen mills producing building materials for a burgeoning San Francisco, where housing was more precious than gold. Timber would be floated to the city on the waters of the Bay from a venue east of Woodside, now called Redwood City. Woodside continued as a center of the timber business until that business began to decline towards the end of the century.

"Then Woodside became the center of wine production for California. By 1889, 800 acres of vineyards were producing and in 1916 wines produced in this region won recognition as the best in the state. Indeed, the California wine industry started here when the Hungarian "Count" Harasthy founded the Buena Vista winery just north of the present village. That winery has long since moved to Sonoma where it continues producing its celebrated wines. Woodside has lately been restored to its position as a premier wine area, especially by the products of Woodside Vineyards, property of one of our church members.


                                1893 Church Sanctuary, now used as the Chapel

"In 1889 the Congregational Church of Redwood City opened a Sunday School in Woodside, at the time when the first of the great mansions, which are now so prominent a part of Woodside's identity, were being built. The Pastor of that church, L.D. Rathbone, organized a Sunday school to meet in Scout Hall in the village. In April of 1891, the people of Woodside decided that they wanted a church of their own and three men from the community joined the Redwood City congregation with the express purpose of promoting a church in Woodside. In 1893, a committee of five, three from Woodside and two from Redwood City, were authorized by the church to solicit subscriptions for the new church. W.C Bowman and George C. Ross donated a lot measuring 50x100 feet; construction started on March 17 and was completed and the church dedicated on May 21st, 1893. The cost of construction was $1,200 and the church opened free of debt, with $19 remaining in the construction account. This building, beautifully refurbished for the centennial in 1993, is still in use as a chapel.
Chapel Pulpit Detail
                                   
"In 1961, we dedicated a new and larger sanctuary. With the coming of J. Hood Snavely as minister in 1954 the congregation entered a phase of significant growth and expansion of the physical plant. Since the period of his ministry, 1954-1963, when the number of members doubled several times, we have expanded and contracted." (Link)

                                                               Courtyard Cross

The original 1893 Congregational Church, now used as the Chapel of the Woodside Village Church, the new 1954 Sanctuary, and the Courtyard featuring the large wood cross sit on the north side of the main road through the village of Woodside, at 3154 Woodside Road.

Photos: Top photo from Link
                All other photos taken in 2011 by SW.
Link: http://www.wvchurch.org/

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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

                                                                                                                           December 4, 2011
                                             East 14th Street Sanctuary Entrance

North Shore Christian Centre
North Vancouver, B.C.

"Founded upon a vision received from God, a small group of pioneers, out of a home meeting, formed the North Shore Christian Centre.

"The Inglewood Community Centre, in West Vancouver, became our place of worship for the next three years. By this time approximately 70 people were attending church regularly and it became evident that we needed a place where we could meet together during the week for Bible Study and Prayer.
In the summer of 1984, we purchased the actual church property where we are now located. (at 1400 Sutherland Avenue in the City of North Vancouver, B.C.)


"Due to God's increase and blessing, we have expanded our facilities to accommodate our growing needs.

"We are dedicated to the training of young men and women to fulfill the calling of God in their lives and to reach the lost for Jesus Christ in our generation." (Link.)

1400 Sutherland Avenue Entrance
Original Entrance to the Evangelical Free Church

The Evangelical Free Church was the original building on the corner of Sutherland Ave. and East 14th Street.  It can be seen as the right, lower building in the Sutherland Ave. Entrance photo above.  According to the City Directories at the North Vancouver Archives The North Vancouver Evangelical Free Church first met in the home of its pastor the Rev. Emil G. Axene at 1416 Sutherland Ave. in 1949.  In  1952 a separate building  is listed for The North Vancouver Evangelical Church.  It is listed as being on the east side of the 1400 block of Sutherland Ave.  The minister was Rev. E. G. Axene. 

In 1984 the North Shore Christian Centre purchased the property and The Evangelical Free Church building was used as its sanctuary.  Work bees of volunteers from the congregation then added the higher section of the building pictured on the north side of the building.  This area in now includes the church office,  and the hall to the sanctuary.   The Prayer Room is the old sanctuary that was the original Evangelical Free Church.  

                                   Prayer Room of North Shore Christian Centre
                                 Original Sanctuary of Evangelical Free Church

Next the work bees constructed much of the new sanctuary wing that is in the top photo. Inside the triple front doors is a foyer leading to the sanctuary.  The pews are arranged in a semi circle with a stairway on the west wall leading to the balcony.
                                       Sanctuary of North Shore Christian Centre

Previous to construction stained glass windows from another church were purchased at an antique shop.  Three of these can be seen in the top photo as they sit above the triple front doors to the sanctuary. Three others are in the sanctuary on the north wall at the level of the balcony. At the level of the balcony on the west wall is a large, approximately 6' X 8', painting of Jesus and the Disciples in their fishing boat on a stormy Sea of Galilee. (As described in the Book of Matthew 8:23-27.) This  dynamic painting was done by one of the members of the congregation.

Three Sanctuary Antique Windows

Jesus and Disciples on Sea of Galilee

The format of the Sunday worship service is "Open Forum" with spontaneous participation by the members of the congregation.  The "Visitor's Guide" outlines "scriptural methods of worship to God" based on the Book of Psalms.


                     Sketch from North Shore Christian Centre "Visitor's Guide"

The format of the Sunday worship service is "Open Forum" with spontaneous participation by the members of the congregation.  The "Visitor's Guide" outlines "scriptural methods of worship to God" based on the Book of Psalms.

Photos: Taken in 2011 by SW.
                 Black and White photos taken in 2004 are on file at the North
                 Vancouver Archives.
                 Color photo in Y2K Project on file at the North Vancouver Archives.
Appendix: Research on Evangelical Free Church available on request.
Thank you: To members of the congregation for sharing information
                about the church.
Link:
http://northshorechristiancentre.com/


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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

                                                                                                                       November 27, 2011

3400 Institute Road

St. Clements Anglican Church
Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, B.C.

"Our Roots in "The Valley"
March 16, 1899 the first Anglican Service was held on the north shore and the following year St. John the Evangelist, the first church was opened. It can be readily understood why Anglicans in Lynn Valley desired a "Chapel-at-ease", as a Mission Church was known as in the olden days. Attending Divine Service at St. John's necessitated walking the long distance on a plank road, skid-road and forest trail in the days of yesteryear - with women wearing long dresses and button-up shoes on a hot summer day. The only horse and buggy was that belonging to the postmistress in the "Valley" and of course it could only travel on the plank road, with seating accommodation for two.

"On May 6, 1908, "the Reverend J.H. Hooper, Vicar of St. Johns Parish, North Vancouver, visited the Valley calling upon sundry church people and spoke to them concerning the expediency of starting Church of England services in the valley." So reads the opening chapter of the history of this parish. From these humble beginnings grew our parish church. The next day the first service was held in the old school house, which became the community hall known as "Institute Hall".

                                         Original church on Church St. (REF. 1)

"The new parishioners purchased a lot for $150, and built the new church on the road subsequently named "Church Street" which remains so today. At the official opening, Easter, April 18, 1909, 100 people crowded into the newly built small church.
                                    Location of church on west side of Church St.
                                                                    (REF. 2.)
"In May of 1927 the Church was rolled from the site on Church Street to the present location on Institute Road and was known as "Saint Clement-by-the-brook".

Anchor and peaked roof of the Chapel/1909 Sanctuary

                                                           Chapel/1909 Sanctuary
                                                  (Note 1912 Memorial Window)

                                            WWI Plaque on Rear Wall of Chapel


"In May of 1927 the Church was rolled from the site on Church Street to the present location on Institute Road and was known as "Saint Clement-by-the-brook".

"In the '40's and early '50's additions were added either side of the original 1909 Church, which today are the offices, upper room and St. Mary's Room. The rear section of the original church is now our Chapel. The front section with a vestibule, where the Memorial Garden is now, was deemed unsafe and demolished in the late '60's.

"In 1959 the present Panabode church was built for $35,000 with devoted labor and donations from parishioners. Projects over the years have added; the Bell Tower (1970); finishing the basement (1975); the wheelchair ramp into the church (1984), the Memorial Garden (1985); the Church Office downstairs (1987); the wheelchair ramp to the lower hall (1995); and the handi-cap washroom (2002).


                                Present Sanctuary of the 1959 Panabode Church
(The hand carved wood triptych screen behind the altar (the reredos) was reclaimed from a Hope, B.C. church that was demolished at the time St. Clement's was being built. (JG)

"St. Clement's Church was served by many part time priests from 1909 - 1941 and since 1941 has had 7 full time priests whose portraits are located in the upper room, next to the Chapel:

Reverend Canon Hinchliffe.........1941 - 1952
Canon J. Leigh..............................1952 - 1955
Reverend T.D.B. Ragg.................1955 - 1957
Reverend John Lowe....................1957 - 1974
Reverend Ron Barnes..................1975 - 1989
Reverend Ron Hunt......................1990 - 1999
Reverend Sarah Tweedale...........1999 - 2008
Reverend Lynne McNaughton.....2008 to present

"Today The Church has made significant building upgrades over the past five years, with enhancements to the basement and the kitchen.  One thing that marks our Church is the lively social events and our nicely equipped kitchen is well suited and prepared to host many guests and cooks.

"St. Clement's AnchorThe Anchor, a relic of bygone sailing days was recovered from Burrard Inlet by Dillingham Corporation and donated to the church in 1977. The Anchor is a symbol of St. Clement, and a reminder of how he lived and died for Jesus with steadfast faith amidst persecution.

"St. Clement was the Bishop of Rome from about 85-96 AD. After a life of steadfast witness to the Truth of the Gospel, much of which is included in his first Epistle to the Corinthians, St. Clement was arrested and exiled by the government in 95AD.

"Even in the prison camp, he continued his ministry as a Bishop, resulting in his martyrdom. He was tied to an anchor, and thrown into the Black Sea. His victorious death is celebrated every November 23rd, "St. Clement's Day". (Link 1.)

St. Clement's-By-The-Brook was an appropriate name for the church when in 1927 it was moved from Church St. to its present site on Institute Rd.  The church was placed at the crook in Coleman Creek.  The creek skirts the north side of the church, then bends along the east side of the church before it bends again and flows diagonally across the property at 3401 Church Street and then under Church Street itself.


                                                Former manse at 3401 Church St.,
                               Church Street, with Coleman Creek in foreground (2011).

In the 1970's a 6 bedroom new St. Clement's  manse was built for Rev. Ron Barnes family of 6 children in the area of the old church on Church St.  (The old manse had been to the north of this property. JG)  The new house faced south and the creek, rather than Church Street to the east.  To facilitate the families walk to church, a bridge with cement abutments was built across the creek between the backyard and the church.  This bridge was rebuilt in 1985/86.  In the late 1990/s the manse was sold and the bridge removed, but the cement abutments remain.

                             Cement abutments on both sides of Coleman Creek
                                  with former manse in the background, 2011.

Each week at the beginning of the Sunday service the young people of the church ring the bell in the 1970's Bell Tower as a welcome to St. Clement's Anglican Church.  It witnesses that God as revealed by Jesus Christ is present in the community.


St. Clement's Anglican Church (2012)

Thank You: To congregation members Jack Griffiths (JG) and
                 Larry Terrace for information on the history of
                 St. Clement's Church, manse and bridge.
Photos: Taken in 2011 and 2012 by SW.
                 Black and White photos taken in 2004 by SW and on file at the
                 North Vancouver Archives.
Reference 1: "History of Lynn Valley", Draycott, page 15.
Reference 2: North Vancouver Archives Map #275.
Link 1: http://www.stclementschurch.ca/
Link 2: http://www.panabodeloghomes.com/faqs.htm

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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Kaukauna, Wisconsin 

On April 15, 1877 Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized with 22 charter members in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The minister was Rev. Reinhold Pieper of Wrightstown and the services were conducted in German. The next year they built the small wooden church with the single steeple that (shown in the photo below) on the 800 block of Grignon Street. In 1885 the Rev. William Hinnerthan was installed as the first official pastor and in 1889 a charter was granted to the church. In 1917 the Rev. Paul Oehlert became pastor and the following year a Sunday School was started. The present red brick church with the two square steeples was dedicated in 1915. Starting in 1920 services were conducted in English as well as German. In 1965 the Rev. John Mattek became pastor and in 1969 the new front entrance was built onto the 1915 church. (Link. )(See photo above.)

1878 Small Wooden Church on right (Link.)

It is interesting to note that the 1915 Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kaukauna, Wisconsin and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church (See March 21, 2010 blog post.) built in neighboring Seymour, Wisconsin in 1915 are of a similar style. Both are red brick and have two square steeples. The street that the Kaukauna church is on, Grignon Street, is named for Charles A. Grignon who obtained the first land deed in Wisconsin.

Sanctuary Altar (Link.)
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was the home church of Marie Juergenmeyer when she, her husband Martin, and daughter Hazel lived on Taylor Street in Kaukauna in the late 1920's and early 1930's. The family then moved to Seymour where she attended the similarly styled Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Following Martin's death in the 1950's she returned to live in the Taylor Street house in Kaukauna and again attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Marie and Martin Juergenmeyer were the grandparents and Hazel the mother of Suzanne Wilson.

For more information on Kaukauna, Wisconsin see Blog Post from Demolition Mama, April 3, 2010. 

Thank you: To Irene Luehring and Bill Roerig of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran  
               Church, Kaukauna, Wisconsin, for the information and the memories.
Photos: Colored taken in 2006 by SW.
               B and W probably taken shortly after 1915. See Link.

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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

                                                                                                                       November 13, 2011

Palm Springs Baptist Church and Nueva Vida Inglesia Bautista

Palm Springs Baptist Church
                      and
Nueva Vida Inglesia Bautista
Palm Springs, California

"Palm Springs Baptist Church is a member of the Conservative Baptist Association of Southern California. The Conservative Baptist Association of Southern California started in 1954 as an association of churches and ministries coming together to defend and promote the gospel of Jesus Christ. We continue to establish, encourage and strengthen churches throughout Southern California, Hawaii and Guam." (Link.)

The building complex at 1696 El Cielo Rd., at the corner of  El Cielo Rd. and  Escoba Dr., is also the home to the Neuva Vida Eglesia Bautista Church which offers an 11:30 am Sunday morning worship service in Spanish. This church was incorporated in the year 2002.  (Wikipedia) However, at the  Sunday School children from both church groups join and English and Spanish is spoken.


The campus of the two churches is made up of several semi attached buildings including: the Worship Center with the Sanctuary for Sunday morning services, the church office, and the social hall.  In large letters above the multi doored entrance to the Worship Center are the words "Send Out Thy Light and Thy Truth", Psalm 43:3.

Sanctuary of Worship Center

The large sanctuary is highlighted by a pointed roof giving the effect of a dome.  The  hanging rectangular electric candle lantern light fixtures enhance this traditional feeling of the room.

Photos: Taken in 2011 by SW.
Link:  http://palmspringsbaptist.org/


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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Friday, November 11, 2011


Veteran's Day/Remembrance Day
The Wall

This is a story of my family.  My grandmother, Marie,  was born on a farm in Petasky, Michigan.  She had 5 brothers and 4 sisters.  She moved to Wisconsin as a bride and died in 1952 at age 67 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.  My mother kept in touch with several of her brothers and sisters.  One of these was her Uncle Charlie who had moved to Rapid City South Dakota. In 1956 when I graduated from high school and my brother graduated from grade school my mother took us by train and then bus to visit the Black Hills, Yellowstone Park, and her Uncle Charlie.

I had heard about her Uncle Charlie over the years.  He and his 1st wife Kate had never had children.  Then in his 60's they were divorced and he married his second wife, the young Kate.  Kate had been a nurse in the Korean War.  Her 1st husband had been a pilot who was killed in that war.  She had a son, Alan, from that marriage. Kate and Uncle Charlie also had a son, of course, named Charlie. Charlie had red hair and freckles, was rambunctious and looked like "What me worry?"  This great gift to Uncle Charlie so late in his life became his life.  Alan was 9 and Charlie was about 5 when my mother, brother, and I visited this family.

Many years after this visit I heard that Charlie, the great gift to my mother's Uncle Charlie, was killed in Vietnam.  My prayers went out to Uncle Charlie in his grief and Kate who had suffered such a loss in the Korean War.

When the Vietnam War Memorial was installed in Washington D. C. an accompanying "Moving Wall"  went on tour.  The replica was true to the original, a long rambling wall of black with the names of those that sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.  A soldier stood on guard with eyes on the wall. This "Moving Wall" came to Vancouver in 1988 and was mounted in Sunset Beach Park.  It was here that I visited the "Moving Wall".  I approached the soldier on guard who took me to the spot where "Charlie Reberg" was carved into the black surface.  I touched his name and thought of the little five year old with red hair and freckles and his parents who adored him.  And I prayed for them and all the other parents who had such a loss.

In 1998 the US Government offered rubbings of the names of those on the wall on request.  I gratefully received a copy of "Charlie Reberg" as it appears on "The Wall".  It can be seen in the photo below.


Each Remembrance Day, I remember.  I remember the sparkle in Uncle Charlie's eyes as he watched his five year old Charlie play in the front yard of their Rapid City home.  I remember that quietness of 9 year old Alan that seemed to reflect the death of his father in the Korean War. I think of the grief of young Kate and her double sacrifice.  And I pray for all the other families that have made this sacrifice.  Let us remember.

Photo: Taken of Suzanne Wilson's copy of "Charlie Reberg's" name on the Vietnam Memorial, "The Wall."
Link:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial

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Prayer

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)