To get moving on our renovation of the old church property, we need to get the rest of the things that were left in the building OUT (though we are saving as much as we can). Lee decided that yesterday was the day to get started, since we have that dumpster just waiting for stuff.
Seth (son of Mandi) and I joined him in a festival of removals. Each of us had a focus:
- Lee went through the HUGE ministerial library in the main office.
- Seth went through all the music books upstairs.
- I went through the little offices and cleaned the floors so we can store things we want to keep in enclosed spaces.
It was a bittersweet time for us, seeing all this congregation had left behind. There was a collection of classic books from the 1800s, a lot of beautiful old hymnals, and a very, very large library of books about leading a congregation. There were pre-written sermons, books on growing your church, books on dealing with congregation members, and on and on. Continue reading