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Cathedral of the Rockies August 2014

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Two topics for this issue. First, I would like to formally thank all who have been involved, supported, and prayed for the First Fruits Orchard. What an amazing project. At the Block Party, September 7th, we will have the official blessing and grand opening ceremony. I hear there may be some other activities in the orchard that day also. And those words- “in the orchard”. Doesn’t that sound good!? A space has turned into a Place. All of the elements of the orchard will not be complete. This project is on a cash on hand basis. If we have cash, we make forward progress. Donations are still needed for one more bench, 2 trash receptacles, 5 more trees, and some bark. We also need to get 36 plaques made telling what name and specie the trees are. We are looking forward to the bee hive that is coming for the orchard and the garden, and perhaps even an art element or sculpture. It will be fun...

Cathedral of the Rockies June 2014

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A recent read has changed my view on a few things.  The book is by Joshua Fields Millburn and titled Everything That Remains.  Millburn is a self-taught Minimalist and offers his journey to living with and on a lot less.  Less of everything. The first half of the book was much more interesting to me than the last. At the start, he is a young, successful business person with all of the material icons of wealth.  By some peoples definition he has it all.  Including a body that is overweight, over worked, and over medicated.  His marriage is crumbling, and he is in debt up to his baggy eyeballs.  His marriage is falling apart, and he is without hope or anticipation. He becomes aware of his materialistic issues with the death of his mother and his process of cleaning out her house.  He sees that what remains is not important.  He wanted more of her, not her stuff. Passion is discussed in...

Cathedral of the Rockies November 2013

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Next time you walk up to the front of the downtown Church, take a slow, long, look up and study our bell tower. What an amazing work of construction, engineering, and art! Just a little while ago Steve Spencer and I decided it was time to do something that had been put off for far too long. We went into the tower to clean. There was a screen that was either vandalized by someone trying to get in, or some one trying to get out on to the roof. We’re not sure, but regardless, the loose screen was allowing birds to get in, but not out. Yes, it has been fixed. There are 5 unique levels to the bell tower. (And in a bit of irony, there are no bells up there.) But I am getting ahead of myself. The first level is the drainage level. Any water that gets in through the long masonry vents makes its way down and is collected at the lower level and is carried out through a floor drain. This level is...

Cathedral of the Rockies October 2013

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Frugality comes in many shapes and forms. When asked to define a frugal person, most people envision a person they knew at one point in their life. For some of us, this might be a Mother or Father. Others a sibling. A few will remember a neighbor. And a select group will point to themselves. In an exercise I created for a class, we wrote on a white board every name we could think of for Simple Living. Over 200 words were generated and we then separated them out into 5 categories one of which was Money. Within that, words like Tightwad, Thrifty, Careful, Miserly, Penny Pincher, and of course Frugal were brought forward. As I prepare this month’s article, I am working on the 2014 maintenance budget projections for our Church. Last year, a document was generated that projected what would be needed for 2013 and the 4 years beyond that. This year will be the same, just moving forward...

Cathedral of the Rockies September 2013

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In just a couple of weeks I will have been your Building Superintendent for one year. And what a year it has been! I want to thank all of you who have welcomed me into your Church. I thought about a “Hey, look what we have done in a year” article for this month, but like the Church itself, I think we need to move forward, and not live in the past. So, here are just a few of the things we will be working on at the downtown campus in the next 12 months. We have the space for a history display in the library. Lee Downum just built 12 glass doors for the existing bookcases so we can securely show some of the interesting items and artifacts of our Church history. If it all works out, a group will be formed to document and display a huge amount of interesting items for all to see. The stage of Fellowship Hall is going to be cleaned up and detailed so as to continue to be usable as not only a...

Cathedral of the Rockies August 2013

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When my Dad passed away in 2006 the entire extended family gathered in Upper Michigan at Sunset Lake. I was born into the lake house that my Dad remodeled to make room for me. I can still remember an incredible amount of detail about that house even though we moved from it when I was 7 years old. Next to the garage, was a playhouse that I shared with my Norwegian Elkhound “Smokey”. I played in it in the summer and he had it in the winter. We scattered my Dad’s ashes off the dock in the backyard of the house he loved so much. The current owners are the children of the family who bought it from us in 1967. I wished they had been there on the days we were, but there was no one home. Mrs. Larson still lived next door! Her house looked exactly the same as I remembered. She even looked like I remembered. How could that be, it has been over 40 years! And she recognized me when I knocked on...