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SOS to break ground

by E.D. Thyr

Before the regular 11 a.m. worship service ends this Sunday at Shepherd of the Sierra Lutheran Church, members and friends will get into their autos and join a motorcade down Highway 395 to the site which will become the campus of their permanent church home.

The congregation will gather at the spot where the first building will be placed for prayer and to break ground for the new facilities. The first 100 people in attendance at this service will receive a miniature golden shovel as a memento of the occasion.

The first phase of construction will be somewhat unique, and even somewhat exciting, as the historic red and white checkerboard gas company building is removed from its foundation on South Carson Street, cut in half and hauled south on Highway 395 to the SOS campus.

Gifted to Shepherd of the Sierra by Gene and Donna Allensworth, who own the Ben Franklin Store just behind the red and white structure, the building will be refurbished and eventually become the youth education center of Shepherd of the Sierra.

It will also be used as a temporary worship facility, since the Douglas County School District has made it clear that SOS church is to be out of Jacks Valley Elementary School no later than the last Sunday in November. Whether the building will be ready for “occupancy” by Dec. 1 will depend both on the weather and the ability of the subcontractors to get the job done. If not, apparently Shepherd of the Sierra will have to find other temporary housing for a month of Sundays. Inquiries about possible locations are being made at the present time.

Work on the youth education building will include all the necessary grading and underground work required for building the Chapel of the Shepherd, whose construction is slated for next summer.

Shepherd of the Sierra was established 2-1/2 years ago as a daughter congregation of Trinity Lutheran in Gardnerville and has since come under the jurisdiction of The California/Nevada/Hawaii District of the LCMS. Everyone is welcome at SOS, whose groundbreaking service this Sunday at 11 a.m. will begin at Jacks Valley School, located on Jacks Valley Road, a mile west of Highway 395.

For more information about Shepherd of the Sierra, call 882-8686.

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