From The Pastor - October 2019 Newsletter The Kitchen Is Complete!
Hallelujah! Give praise, you servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord. Let the name of the Lord be blessed, from this time forth forever more. From the rising of the sun to its going down let the name of the Lord be praised. Psalm 113:1-3
What a labor of love it has been! As we enter the busy Fall season and the programming gears up, Emmanuel is blessed with a beautiful, and fully functional kitchen. Many long days have been spent over the entire Summer to bring this to fruition. There are so many people to thank for making this new kitchen a reality. I remember the Church Council meeting when Pat Cherry presented the idea of the timing of a new kitchen, and Buzz’s willingness to take on the project. The Church Council agreed. Under the direction of Buzz Cherry, plans were drawn up and presented, contractors were hired, inspections made, and appliances purchased. The women of Emmanuel, who are the primary users of the kitchen, gave helpful insight and direction for its design. The idea of providing new utensils, pots and pans, baking sheets etc, also came from the women who made it possible through a Pampered Chef party. Thanks to all who planned the gathering and donated items to resupply the kitchen. When the idea of having an island in the kitchen came up, we turned to Kees Geerken. A design was presented, and with a few modifications, the beautiful island was made and installed. Thank you, Kees. Thank you, Buzz for your tireless leadership in the “Resurrecting the Kitchen” project, and the many hours you put in, painting and various other tasks. Thanks Pat for the hours of labor you contributed and for sharing Buzz with the church all summer long. Thanks to all the women and men who came to clean and prepare the kitchen and Fellowship Hall. Thanks to the “rain crew” who constantly monitor our weather and come at a moment’s notice when water threatens.
Thanks to the Stewardship committee who designed the financial plan for giving toward this most worthy project. Thanks to the Finance committee who kept accurate records and paid vendors in a timely manner. Thanks to Carole Lake and the Church Council for helping to lead this congregation forward in ministry as we tackle much needed projects. And I especially want to thank each and every one who prayed for this project, who made a contribution to Resurrecting the Kitchen, or helped in any way to make this happen. I thank God for you and for the ministry that this new kitchen will provide for many, many years to come. May we always use it to God’s glory!