Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

First Service at New Home on February 1, 2015

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On February 1, 2015 we held our first Sunday service in our new building, welcoming members, friends and visitors from our community and members of the architecture and construction companies who helped us to accomplish our dream of a new home.


The service was titled “Spirit Building”, and Jonah Cohen, of THA Architecture in Portland, delivered a portion of the service. Jonah stated that “at the beginning of the project he had anticipated how it would feel to begin the process of creating a sacred container of spirit and love and service…” Read all of Jonah’s message online on our website.

 
Jonah was joined at the service by multiple representatives from THA Architecture, and also representatives from Kirby Nagelhout Construction Company (KNCC), the many sub-contractors who worked on the building, and by others such as the creator of our custom wood furniture.


The service included a special story for children, read by Don Hartsough and illustrated by Sue Wilhelm. It was exciting to see new families and children at this first service and enjoying the new Religious Exploration spaces and classrooms. Please join us again to continue the fun and explorations!


Rev. Antonia Won’s message drew our imaginations into the future, as she said “The building itself will draw many people to seek what it holds. The question is what shall they find here? …How do we keep earning the reputation we have now of being a warm and welcoming community and take it to the next level? What is the next level? Our vision is to be a beacon of hope - a hub of spiritual exploration, and justice initiatives. The building is the tool that we have to do this.” Read all of Rev. Antonia’s message on our website.

Thank you to all the volunteers throughout the project that helped to bring the vision to life. Hundreds of volunteer hours were invested in the planning, design and construction portions of the project.
You can read more about all the Design and Planning, beginning with the original Vision Statement on our website.  Have fun browsing a Photo Gallery from the service that is accessible to all.

Welcome to our New Home!

 

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