CONSTRUCTION WORK AT OUR NEW CHURCH - part 3
Posted: Wed., July 28, 2010
Click here for a thorough .pdf announcement about Grand Opening on Aug. 28, the free dinner afterward, etc.
As we prepare for our Grand Opening on Aug. 28, 2010, our parish needs help in setting up the event. We are on schedule as far as construction and renovation goes. We now have sanded down the tile grout in the nave, removed it, and are ready to paint the walls and ceiling. Carl will bring the paint, part of which is being donated to us. After the painting is completed, we can install the hardwood floor with Misha's help. Michael is working on the small cupola and the church's street sign. Beautiful brass candlesticks have been donated to us. Dmitri is finished with the electrical wiring.
- washer and dryer
- more shelving for the bookstore (we now have nice shelves for the parish library)
- blue vestments for the Mother of God
- a contraption upon which to hang vestments
- a desk for the church office
- long, narrow tables for the trapeza (dining hall)
- processional cross and fans (we would like to put the beautiful crucifix on the pole to a different use, for the Golgotha / remembrance of the dead)
- film applied to the windows of the outer-wall bathroom.
- house plants for the media room and bookstore
- swingset for the playground
- bricks or stones for making the outdoor shrine to the Mother of God
- a complete English menaion set (Russian usage)
- a soprano!
Work outstanding includes:
- casting of the cupola and its mounting over the front doors
- help installing cove lighting in the nave, and the chandeliers
- help with the parish vegetable garden and in installing flower beds (Luda's got it off to a nice start!)
- help moving the piano which has been donated (and getting it tuned)
- help with yardwork
Please call Fr. Aidan at 512 696-6890 and he will steer you into the Lord's service!
- new "vestments" in blue for the analoys (icon-stands)
- blue vestments for priest and servers
- children's chairs (for very young ages) for the children's room
- computer and a setup where we can show videos in the media room (preferably, without using a TV)
- computer desk
- books, CD, DVDs for the parish library
- sound system for the bookstore (could be just a nice boom box)
- unused decent-quality vestments (we'd like some very very small stikhars/sticharia)
- brass / gold candlestands
- two very fine gold lampadas for the main icons of the Lord and Mother of God on the iconostas (we already have about 16 small, simple lampadas)
- red carpet for the royal doors to the west end of the temple
- one turning reader's stand (analoy) in wood
- church music of all kinds
- an English language Pentecostarion
- church bells (current plan: cut oxygen tanks and hang them up in the vestry or outdoor, for bells)
- a samovar, to properly welcome visitors and guests (I keep finding affordable samovars on eBay, but none of the affordable ones has the matching teapot that sits on the pinnacle of the samovar, nor matching cups--and an electric plug-in variety is much to be desired - we have the 220 volt adapter).
Thank you for your faith, devotion, and love!
Fr. Aidan (Keller), priest
with the Parish Council and Sisterhood
Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church, Austin, Texas
an English-language mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
patriarch: Kirill of Moscow and All Russia