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Saying 'thank you' to congregation

Local wards provide service for friends of another faith

PROVO, UTAH

Members from the Lakeside 7th and Lakeside 10th wards in the Provo Utah West Stake gathered Saturday, Aug. 29, to participate in a service project at the Provo Community United Church of Christ.

Members of the Lakeside 7th Ward in Provo clean up the bushes of the United Community Church of Christ. The effort was a way to thank its congregation for offering their building to Latter-day Saints after the Provo Tabernacle burned last December.
Members of the Lakeside 7th Ward in Provo clean up the bushes of the United Community Church of Christ. The effort was a way to thank its congregation for offering their building to Latter-day Saints after the Provo Tabernacle burned last December. Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

When the Provo Tabernacle was destroyed by fire last December, the Rev. Daniel Haas offered the Community United Church of Christ building to be used for events planned for the National Day of Prayer, which were originally scheduled to take place in the tabernacle.

"When the tabernacle burned down, we offered to help open our facilities," said the Rev. Haas in an interview with the Deseret News.

The Rev. Haas said the Community United Church of Christ has been in the Provo area for 120 years and their building is 104 years old.

Bishop Steve Bjornberg of the Lakeside 7th Ward said the idea for the service project came up during a ward council meeting, was discussed and it was decided on.

Both wards use the same building for meetings, so the Lakeside 7th Ward approached the 10th ward and asked if they would like to help with the project.

Members of the Lakeside 7th Ward in Provo clean up the bushes of the Provo Community Church of Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2011.
Members of the Lakeside 7th Ward in Provo clean up the bushes of the Provo Community Church of Christ on Saturday, August 27, 2011. Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Mark Kirkwood of the Lakeside 7th Ward went through the building with its custodial staff member and together they made a two-page wish list of the things they would like to get done in and around the building.

Members from the two wards and the Community United Church of Christ worked together painting, replacing lights, repairing windows, trimming bushes and anchoring the conduit located outside of the building.

"We just thought we'd repay the favor," said May Baum a member of the Church in an interview with the Deseret News.

The project was an opportunity for Church members to respond to the challenge from President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, for members "to participate in a day of service" to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Church's welfare program.

Members from the Lakeside 10th Ward also spent time working on items from the wish list for the Community United Church of Christ Saturday, Aug. 20, and Tuesday, Aug. 23.

The LDS Foundation donated $2,000 toward materials needed for the project. The bathrooms are set to be retiled in the upcoming weeks. Tiles are still being gathered to complete both of the bathrooms. Some gutter work is also scheduled to be completed within the next month.

"They've been wonderful out here," said Carol Menasian, Community United Church of Christ council moderator, in an interview with the Deseret News. She was impressed with how clean the windows were.

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