While First Church is 88 years old, she continues to look fresh and new thanks to the efforts and dedication of a small group. Known collectively as the Church Mice, this group has taken on the task of combating the effects of Mother Nature, dwindling membership, and, most important, the problems that are part of a church now almost 100 years old.
There are three categories for all the work that must be done; on-going projects, in the works, and work completed. One of the projects will be completed during the 125th anniversary when a picture will be taken of all the 50 year members here that day. This picture will then be signed, framed, and join another picture which was taken during the church’s 85th birthday. Recently the sanctuary door and the door leading to the Social Hall were painted a bright red. The doors are now not only bright and cheerful but also seem to welcome one and all to the joy of the worship inside. In addition to fixing the problems caused by water leaking outside the Social Hall which has been a major issue for years, the leak in the church roof will soon be fixed. Committee members have cleaned and covered the overhead projector and updated the tri-fold in the entrance to the Social Hall. All the cans kept behind the Social Hall refrigerator have been removed and the dry erase board at the back of the sanctuary has been cleaned. In the nursery, toys were cleaned up, batteries replaced where needed, and an attempt was made to insure that all children’s games and puzzles are not lacking pieces. Outside the church, there was a general cleanup which included cleaning out the flower beds, planting mums, and relocating the benches. Finally, all the leftover odds and ends from the recent Church Women’s rummage sale were packed up and the Social Hall was put back in order. Much work lies ahead. A series of bins will be placed in the narthex for Bible study materials, the memorial boards will be updated, and new wooden rummage sale signs will be repainted. The bulletin boards will all be updated, more visitor bags for kids are being put together, and a banner will be placed in the narthex. Work will also be done on the bottom of the steps leading to the Social Hall.
Oldies but goodies could very well apply to First Church thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Church Mice. Recent mice include Darlene Canning, Gloria Gaynor, Carol and Bill Hanebury, Alan Dreibelbis, Sandy Lazorchick, Cathleen Bach, Jackie Miller, and Dick and Nancy Fisher. Volunteers are always welcome. And suggestions for new projects too!