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SOS church congregation sees building drawings

by E. D. Thyr

The building committee of Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church of Carson Valley recently presented the completed drawings of the proposed campus on Highway 395 to the members of the congregation and to denominational officials.

The plans were received with great enthusiasm.

In addition to a chapel seating 180, the facility will contain a spacious lobby, offices, a working sacristy, rest rooms and a bride’s dressing room, plus educational areas (multi-purpose facilities) of over 6,000 square feet, to be used for youth activities, Sunday school, adult meetings, banquets and other congregational programs.

Looking into the future, plans for Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, TOPS, marriage enrichment, Christian parenting programs and weekday Bible studies are being examined.

The work of the building committee began many months ago when it was directed to select an architect for the project. Northern Nevada AIA was contacted for suggestions of architects who had done church projects in the past. The request letter was faxed to every member of the organization in Northern Nevada, and the committee was overwhelmed with requests for interviews. After much time and effort, the committee selected the Reno firm of Dolven/Chalmers Associates -a company with over 150 churches to the credit of the member architects.

A detailed statement of need and expectation was given to the architects, and they began to work, considering the building committee requests to be exciting and challenging. Item number one was the statement that each worshipper had to have an unobstructed view of the Sierra from any seat in the chapel. The second requirement was that the interior of the chapel was to have growing plants and flowing water.

In preparation for ground-breaking, the congregation is busily engaged in developing a funding program both within the membership and among interested friends of the congregation. This program will include a special three-year pledge from members as well as a variety of events that will make it possible for those in our communities to participate as well.

In addition, the Church Extension Department of the California/Nevada/Hawaii District of the Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod has already committed itself to providing a loan which will make ground-breaking a reality in the near future.

Newcomers as well as those without a Christ-exalting church home in the area are cordially invited to visit Shepherd of the Sierra. We are presently worshipping in our temporary “Chapel in the Gym” at Jacks Valley Elementary School, located on Jacks Valley road, a mile west of Highway 395.

A contemporary service is conducted each Sunday morning at 11 a.m., with Christian education for all ages at 9:45 a.m. A new series of “Discovery classes,” sharing the basics of Bible Christianity, will begin in two weeks.

For more information about Shepherd of the Sierra and its programs, call 882-8686, or join us for worship this Sunday morning.

You are always welcome at Shepherd of the Sierra.

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