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Not much to report this week. Asbestos removal took place from Saturday through Wednesday. Belfor Restoration returned in full force in spite of the Covid19 quarantine. Their work fits one of the categories that is allowed to continue working. This is great for their workers because they don’t suffer lost wages and we really gain because they continue to make dramatic advancement in the clean up after the fire. It is also great for the Calvary family because it gets us closer to the day that our church building will be whole again. They are primarily focusing their efforts in the clean up of the basement. When I visited yesterday there was a constant flow of workers going in and out of the basement door removing the damage caused by water.
Yesterday I met with Kelly, a photographer of the Times Herald Record to take photos for Lana, the reporter who covered the fire back on March 5th. Kris, my daughter and I showed her around the building pointing out the major changes in the building. Then we went to the sanctuary with the goal of going up the scaffolding steps to the “dance floor”. Kris made it up about 3 steps and she was out. Kelly made it up to the first platform before her fear of heights kicked in. But I made it to the top!!! Exhilarating. I was able to take some photos while there to share with the Record and to post on the website. It is quite a different view of the organ than I have even seen. And I got to check out the stained glass window way up over the pulpit. I am happy to report that the window is not is as bad shape as it looks from the floor. It is just quite dirty. In the afternoon I did a phone interview with Lana and she will be doing a follow up article telling the good news of our progress. I will post the link to the story when it appears.
John C also visited the church this week and shared videos, including on the dance floor. Visit the YouTube page to see his great videography. Thanks John, for sharing your work.
Sunday it will be a month since the fire at Calvary and so much has happened since then. Remember, the days when we used to get together and greet each other with a hug? Yep – that was only a month ago, but it seems so much longer. I hope you are all surviving these challenging and often lonely times. I encourage you to think of those that you care about or have touched your life in any way and reach out to them. We all need to be in contact, even though we can’t physically get close.