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The Royal Purge

“Pay no attention to the junk behind the curtain…”

Imagine decades of accumulated props, costumes, peripherals, equipment and paraphernalia…thus is the state of the Fellowship Hall. For lack of better accommodations, these things have been stored on the stage for years, and we haven’t really noticed because they have all been under a veil of…mystery.

Like your own basement, garage or attic, Emmanuel has been saving these objets d’art through the years. Props for the sanctuary, and sets for Vacation Bible School. Those painted signs at the parking lot entrance that are swapped out depending on the season? Well, they have to be stored somewhere too. Old dishes, plastic cups, material, toys…and a lot of dust.

Donna Meoli organized an “all hands on deck” Wednesday evening to move these items off the stage and out of the building. Some of it went into the trash, but what could be salvaged went to storage, Goodwill and recycling.

Why now? Sometimes necessity dictates change. The English writer Samuel Richardson once penned “Necessity may well be called the mother of invention but calamity is the test of integrity.” One can only imagine the looks on the faces of our volunteers as the curtain was opened to reveal the task at hand. And in true Emmanuel fashion, that’s when their true fellowship flourished. We thank John, Pete, Jeannie, Jacob, Emily, Denise, Carla, Barrie, Ella, Miles, Sydney, Suzanne, Marty, Bob and another volunteer named Pete.

A new curtain will be erected, this one of brick and block, that will hide mechanical equipment required to operate our new addition and maintain our old Fellowship Hall for generations to come. Eventually, we will gain additional storage, but this clearance gives us a fresh start.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” [Isaiah 43:18-19]