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Page 18 Continued from front page demolished and replaced by the present church in 1950. The old parsonage, built about the same time as the old church, was torn down in 1994. In the last 10 years it became more and more evident that the church building was not meeting the needs of the congregation. At times, the sanctuary was not big enough to hold all the people. The only bathrooms were in the basement, and there was no real handicap accessibility. Parking space was inadequate. Maintenance on the building was a mounting problem. After considerable thought and ?rayer, church leaders decided that remodeling could not adequately solve these problems, and the idea of a new church was born. Over the years, a small building fund had been created, and in about 2004 the leadership decided that when enough money could be accumulated to construct an outer shell for a new church, they would start a tangible plan. Gifts started coming in, and the fund eventually reached about $150,000. Architects Northwest of Nampa was hired to draw plans from the design concepts the church leaders had created. In the spring of 2005 a large donation came in that boosted the building fund enough that construction began. For about six months, a crew of volunteers worked steadily on the project. Doug McAlvain oversaw the initial work, especially pouring the footings and stem walls. Not too long after the building envelope was enclosed, the roof over the main entrance fell in from the weight of snow. This was caused by defective Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Council Community Church The Adams County Record trusses; the gang-nail plates on the joints had not been correctly fastened by the manufacturer. Insurance paid for all the repairs, and it was fortunate that it happened before the interior was finished. After Scott Lundy moved away a few years ago, work on the new building took a back seat to ministering to the flock and finding a new pastoral leadership. After Les Sheneberger came on board five years ago, focus on the new facility picked up. Last spring a gift of $40,000 came in, on top of about $30,000 already in the bank. This funded the installation of insulation, the electrical and plumbing rough-in, the piping for the heat/cooling system and the initial drywall work (not tape and texture). On Friday, a large crew of volunteers put in 1,500 feet of plastic pipe under the floor of the new building. This will be part of a grid of almost a mile and a quarter of such pipe (6,500 feet) that will connect to a heating and cooling system with five heat exchangers. Heat will come from a Heatmore wood furnace with a boiler and pump in a small separate building. Before the old church is torn down, a grid of pipe will be installed in the basement space before it is filled in. Cool water from these pipes will be pumped under the floor and through the heat exchangers to cool the building. Wayne Freedman said, "I'm really pleased with the way the design has come out. I think it will be very functional, and our goal is to make it a real asset, not only for our church but for the community." The new building as intentionally designed to be larger than the church itself needs, so that it could also be used for community gatherings and events. It has 11,000 square feet of floor space. Even though this is 0nly about 2,000 square feet .more than the total of the old church (including the basement and all additions), the space is much more useable. It isn't obvious from the outside, but the building has an upper story with three large classrooms and a window overlooking the big sanctuary space. There are three smaller classrooms and an office downstairs, plus a multi- purpose room, bathrooms, a nursery, shower facilities and a large kitchen. Instead of traditional wooden pews, the main sanctuary will probably use up to 350 interlocking, stackable, padded chairs. That space can also hold 165 to 180 people at tables for banquets. The kitchen was designed with serving windows through the Most of the crew working at the church on wall to the sanctuary as well Friday was busy in the vast expanse under as in the opposite directions the floor, installing the plastic piping. to the multipurpose room, which has space to seat and be mounted on the walls, in the main feed an additional 100 to 150 people, sanctuary with lighted boxes behind This multipurpose room will also have them. The exact locations are yet to be an audio/video feed from the sanctuary determined. in case this is needed for an overflow There is no completion date planned crowd, for the new building. This is a "pay as One of the favorite features of the you go" project that will be done as present church is the beautiful stained money comes in, without undertaking glass windows that were salvaged from any debt. The whole venture is an act a Pittsburgh, pennsylvania church that of faith, taken on by a community of was demolished in the 1930s. These faith, trusting that God's work is being windows will be used in the new church, accomplished. but not as exterior windows. They will The main sanctuary of the new Community Church has an inspiringly high ceiling and a wide footprint. This shot was taken from the window overlook- ing the sanctuary from the upper floor. Bob, Forrest and Julian Patrick (lower right) were making good progress hanging drywall. Soon after this picture was taken, the plastic vapor barrier behind the raised platform at the front of the sanctuary reached the ceiling and was pumped full of insulation. Rolls of plastic heating/cooling pipe are visible at left. Start with orchard fresh apples, add some handmade caramel and you et the BEST Apples S$.00 449 S/ade S/reeJ, Weiser Idahe 20S-414-2550 Congregational Church to Community Church BY DALE FtSK When 13 Council folks decided in 1901 that the town needed a church, they didn't have a plan as to what kind of a church it would be. Five of the founders were Congregationalists, two were United Bretheren, two were Methodists, and one was a Presbyterian. Three others joined by "confessing" to the theology that was agreed upon as doctrine for this church. All but two of the charter members were women. By the spring of 1902 the church received a $500 grant from the Congregational Building Society, and construction started. The church was completed and dedicated in a ceremony on January 18, 1903. The church had no name at first. But on August 2 the members unanimously voted to name the. church "The Congregational Church of Council y At the time, there were also Congregational churches at Indian Valley, Weiser, and New Plymouth. The doctrine of the Congregational Churches dates back to he days of the Mayflower Compact, and stems from the freedom to worship as individual congregations.. As a result, especially in America, the various .congregations became to vary widely in their philosophies and dogmas. The Council Congregational Church began to see this as unsatisfactory. Even though they were members of a wider church organization, one church might be very conservative and traditional, while another might be only loosely based on scripture. It became harder and harder for the Council church's leadership to be a part of an organization whose beliefs they didn't necessarily support. Also, they found that new arrivals in the area were making false assumptions about the Council church based on other Congregational Churches they had known. About 16 years ago, church members voted to withdraw from the Congregational organization and be independent as a community church. They took their doctrines, bylaws, etc. from how they understood the Bible. Among other things, they interpret the Bible as Saying a church should have multiple leadership. That's why the Community Church recognizes Les Sheneberger, Wayne Freedman and two leaders as "Elders" instead of a single pastor.