After Easter, Shepherd of the Sierra will move |

After Easter, Shepherd of the Sierra will move

by E.D. Thyr

On April 11, the Sunday after Easter, Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church will move to its new, temporary home at the Genoa Town Hall until the completion of its campus on Highway 395, based on a decision made by the Genoa Town Board on March 2.

After bending its rules several times because of bureaucratic delays encountered by SOS in the construction of its permanent home, Douglas County School District was finally forced by its own regulations to inform the local congregants that it could no longer rent the facilities of Jacks Valley Elementary School, and that Easter Sunday would have to be the final service conducted at JVES.

All underground work on the future campus of Shepherd of the Sierra is complete and the large parking lot that will soon accommodate members and future members of SOS is in place. Unfortunately, each time the contractor attempts to place the foundation of the youth ed facility of SOS, another rain turns the site into a swimming pool.

The school board felt it could no longer bend its rules, regardless of who was at fault in causing the delays in completing the facilities. It is hoped that a few dry days will make it possible to place the foundation, after which it will take only two weekends to move the former gas company building into its place on the campus. Work on the interior will take only a couple of months to complete.

In the meantime, plans are going ahead to make sure that Easter Sunday – the last Sunday at JVES – will be a wonderful, festive occasion. Not only will members, friends and newcomers celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they will also express their gratitude to God for the three years they have been privileged to worship at JVES.

Until the Sunday after Easter, worship services will continue to be held at JVES, located one mile west of Highway 395 on Jacks Valley Road. Worship is at 11 a.m. with Sunday School and Bible Study for teens and adults at 9:45 a.m. For more information about our dynamic, young congregation, call 782-0255 or 720-5400.

n The Rev. E.D. Thyr is pastor of the Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church.