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Galesburg, Illinois
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Saturday, September 28, 1963
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Galesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg, 111, Soturdoy, Sept, 28, 1963 7 First Baptist Church Modernizes Facilities in Galesburg Finish $250,000 Project; Sunday Open House Set By LARRY REID (Galesburg Register-Mail Church Editor) The most extensive building program in the history of First Baptist Church in Galesburg, has just been com-v' pleted at a cost of $2.50,000. The public will have an opportunity to view the completed work at an open house Sunday at 4 p.m. As a result of the project, the church now has a new $200,000 educational unit, a new roof, remodeled sanctuary, a sandblasted exterior, and a number of redecorated classrooms. In addition, shrubbery is being planted around the old and nev building, adding to the appearance of the church. The building program was inherited by Rev. Malcolm Shotwell, who has been pastor of the church nearly a year. He explained that the project is being financed through a pledge program instituted in 1958, bequests and memorials. Currently, he said, the church is in the fifth of a 6- year pledge program. Already, he said, the church has received nearly $18,000 in memorial contributions. Finns Engaged A number of firms were responsible for the work. With James Battersby, architect of Battersby & Evans, directing the layout of the new educational unit, Galesburg Construction Co. completed the construction late in June. Templeton Roofing Co. installed the new shingles on the old structure, Lohmar Paint Co. painted the wood trim on the exterior of - the old church, and Western Waterproofing Co. of Springfield brought out the beauty of the old building by THE NEW AND THE OLD — First Baptist Church's new $200,000 educational unit can be seen to the far right. The steel and concrete block structure contains about 19,000 square feet of floor space and includes 13 classrooms. To the left is the original church building which now has a new sandblasted face. sandblasting the stone structure. Studio of Potente, Kenosha, Wis., was responsible for the decorative work in the sanctuary. Several other firms played an important part in various phases of work in the church. The real pride and joy of Bap­ tists is the new educational unit adjoining the church to the cast on Tompkins Street. The modern two-story structure is constructed of steel and cement block and contains about 10,000 feet of floor space. The arches decorating the ex- QUITE A TRANSFORMATION—Artists of the Studio of Potente, Kenosha, Wis., are responsible for the extensive changes made in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. Where the drapes once disclosed the baptistry, there are now artistic doors. The large wooden oak structure in the center of the chancel area fronted by a cross, is called the rcredos, and behind this is the new baptistry. Where the organ pipes to the right were exposed in the old sanctuary they arc now screened in. The doors to the left arc covered by a screen framework. The chancel, which is now divided has the pulpit to the left and the lectern to the right. Religious Magazine Jibes Pro Football in Mild Way By ROBERT M. ANDREWS United Press International With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the highly respected religious magazine, the Christian! Century, suggested today that pro- J fessional football has eclipsed baseball as the "fold religion" of Americans. "All the earmarks of high religion are here," said the nondenominational weekly. "It has universalistic pretensions: every metropolis wants a team. It has missionary zeal: television spreads its saving word. With the annual extension of pre- and post-season activities, it will soon have a full church year. "It has tragic heroes like Big Daddy Lipscomb, sages like Y. A. Tittle, betrayers like Paul Hornung, patriarchs like George Halas and priests like Byron "Whizzer" White — (the Supreme Court Justice who was once an All-American collegiate football star). "The G*een Bay Packers 'spontaneously' gray the Lord's Prayer before games (they petition most intensely, we understand, when they face Sam Huff of the Giants). All winter long pro football players visit the church banquet circuit to tell how faith under- girds them on the grid." The sport does not lack its following of "Votaries or sacrificial sufferers," said Christian Century, pointing to fans who spend Sunday afternoon in front of the television set or a bitterly cold December day in the snow-swept stands of a pro football stadium. Perhaps the surest sign of pro football's emergence was the recent dedication of a $600,000 foot­ ball Hall of Fame at Canton, | Ohio. I It is, the magazine said, "a' pilgrimage chapel for those who j wish to pay homage to pro football's Pantheon." And, appropriately, 'the shrine's roof and tower are shaped like a halved football pointing skyward. Sukkoth.i ancient Biblican forerunner of the American Thanks- Wheaton College Wins $60,000 From Uncle Sam CHICAGO (API - The government has advised Wheaton College that it will refund $60,000 the college contends it was overtaxed several years ago on stocks and patents bequeathed by a Houston, Tex., manufacturer. The offer to settle the 7-year-old dispute out of court was made Thursday by the Internal Revenue Service, which said the figure represented $42,800 plus interest. The college had sued the government for a refund. The settlement offer came as the case came to'trial before Judge Michael L. Igoe in U.S. District Court. . Herman A. Fischer, attorney for the college, told Judge Igoe he would move to dismiss the suit upon receipt of the government check. It had demanded more than $100,000. The suit contended that Wheaton had been forced to pay excess taxes on the patents and stocks bequeathed by the late Fred Mc| Manis of Houston. It involved re- 1 turns filed in 1952, 1933 and 1954. giving, will be celebrated by Jews around the world beginning at sundown Wednesday with prayers thanking God for a plentiful harvest. • The festival, also known as Sukos after the Hebrew word for booths, will see booths installed in homes and synagogues and richly decorated with fruits and | vegetables. They will symbolize I the temporary dwellings used by j the Israelites in their flight from! Egypt into the desert. j The major symbols of Sukkoth are the lulav, a palm branch pinned with myrtle and willow twigs, and the esrog, a frangrant citron a little bigger than a lemon. These remind Jews of man's dependence on nature, especially the water that was so scarce in ancient Canaan. Reform Jews celebrate Sukkoth for eight days: Orthodox and Conservative Jews for nine. Children, "the fruits of our love," are especially blessed during the festival. Teodoro Moscoso, U. S. co-ordi- nator of the Alliance for Progress program of economic and social aid to Latin-America, has won the 1963 peace award of the Catholic a s s o c i a t i on for International Peace. i Moscoso will receive the award | in Washington. Saturday for hav- ! ing "the responsibility of carry i ing out one of the world's most j inportant projects in these critical times." Southern Baptists in Texas report that their churches are slowly and quietly moving toward a policy of permitting Negroes to attend worship services or to join the church. The Baptist General Convention of Texas quoted the replies of 1,259 churches to its survey on racial opinion. Of these, 747 churches said they were willing to admit Negroes to services, and 234 said they would accept them as members. The convention said twice as many churches surveyed took some kind of stand on the issue during 1963 — the peak of the racial crisis — than in all other previous years. Service of Marriage SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (AP) —Instead of a brief ceremony "to make everything legal," a marriage service should be a pronouncement of the church to all present of what marital life should be, says the Rev. Milton D. Jones. And he's taken steps to make it just that. At Immanuel Church of Shaker Heights (Evangelical and Reformed) where the Rev. Mr. Jones is minister, weddings are a full half-hour worship service, complete with printed bulletin, ser- monette, scripture reading, prayers and hymns. There is a special white bench at the front of the church for the couple to sit on during the sermonette. lerior of the building represent the 12 disciples of Christ and the half - completed one symbolizes the need for more. Included in the interior is a memorial chapel where weddings, funeral services, youth and midweek services can be held. There is also a lounge area, recreation hall for young people and a fellowship hall so arranged to seat 400 for meetings and 250 for dinners. By simply arranging folding doors, four sections can be created in the latter room. Modern Kitchen For the benefit of the women of the church, there is a modern well-equipped kitchen with all the conveniences of home. In addition to this, there are 13 classrooms in the new unit, seven of which are upstairs. The church was erected in January 1894, and the only other remodeling program of any note was that to the sanctuary in 1940 at a cost of $10,000. Perhaps the most striking phase of work in the sanctuary is in the remodeled chancel area The sanctuary now has a communion centered worship area and divided chancel. The pulpit is now to the left and the lectern to the right and the choir loft is now located in the balcony to the southeast corner of the sanctuary. The reredos, located in the chancel area, is constructed with two large, oak doors disclosing the new baptistry. It was in this area were Potente especially showed its skill. Create Effect On the exterior ot y the doors in gold leaf lettering are the words, from John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." The amazing thing about the wording is that to the person sitting in the pews, the lettering appears to be raised above the face of the door, while in reality they are flush to the wood. Potente created this effect by shading around each individual letter. To the bottom of the reredos are the letters, "Alpha and Omega." These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, and at First Baptist the words are used to symbolize the eternal God. The cross located in the middle of the reredos of course symbolizes Christ, and the descending dove at the top, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the Rev. Mr. Shotwell pointed out. On the interior of the doors are the words in raised letters, from Col 2:13, 'And you were buried with Him in Baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith." Sanctuary Repainted The entire sanctuary has been repainted, the organ- pipes are now enclosed by screen work, and the pews in the balcony were purchased from the Universalist Church. The woodwork around the satin glass windows has been painted, and as a result the panes of glass are more cleaily defined. The narthex has also been re- CHICKEN NOQDLE SUPPER Reorganized Cburcb of J«sui Christ of hit\*x Day Saintt 53 N. HENDERSON TUESDAY. Oct. 1. 1963 Sdivinj 5 'til « Adult* $1.30 Child 75c Engage Speaker Galesburg Rescue Mission tonight will have on its program, a guest speaker from the PacKic Garden Mission. NEW CHAPEL—Peaceful and serene could he the words used to describe this view of the new memorial chapel housed in the new educational unit of First Haptist Church. The richly-furnished chapel wns used for worship services during the time the sanctuary was being remodeled. OLD SANCTUARY—First Baptist Church worship area looked like this several months ago he- fore it was remodeled. Before changes were- made, the drapes in the center of the sanctuary, vamped and now includes a memorial desk displaying names of deceased members in whose memory gifts have been donated. Through volunteer labor on the part cf church members, a num-|J ber of classrooms in the old building are being remodeled. shown above, revealed the baptistry. At the right are the exposed organ pipes. The pulpit can be seen on the stage in the chancel area. Rioan Notes 88th Birthday RIO — Relatives gathered for Sunday supper at the home of Mrs. Tillie Almgrecn, honoring her 88th birthday. Guests were her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Almgreen, and Bobbie, Bloomington, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Halstod, Peoria, and Mr. and Mrs. Luther Peterson, Mrs. Ruth Cain and Orlan Witherspoon. Mrs. Faye Fritz joined a group of people from various cities who took the excursion trip to Denver, Colo., leaving Galesburg Sept, 20, returning home Sept. 23. Weekend guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ott Livingston were her sister, Mrs. Lou Koenegstein, a cousin, Rose Clampe, and Mrs. Amelia Cosset of Pinckneyville. They were Sunday dinner guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Weaver of Davenport. The food sale held in Galesburg by the Rio Ladies Service Guild was a success. Mrs. Guy Dye and Mrs. Lloyd Russell were co-chairmen, with Mrs. Don Fritz and Pam and Mrs. James Zook assisting. Galesburg Register-Mail Photos by Da/e Humphrey READ THE WANT ADS! Alphans Host Clerical Group ALPHA — Rev. and Mrs. Harvey Preston of the Alpha Baptist Church entertained the pastors and their wives of the Rock Island Baptist Association Monday at the parsonage. The group visited the new Alpha Methodist Church. Those attending were Rev. and Mrs. Harold Schlink of Princeton, Rev. and Mrs. Jack Brown of Aledo, Rev. and Mrs. Ray Carter, East Molirie, Rev. and Mrs. L. E. Ellisin, Moline, Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Harms, Erie, Rev. and Mrs. William Webber, Port Byron, and Rev. and Mrs. R i c h a r d O'Boyle, Orion. The junior department of the Alpha Baptist Church held a wiener roast Sept. 18 at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Harvey Preston. Mrs. Tom Cappel was assisting hostess. The senior high department held a hayrack ride and wiener roast Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. I^onard Davison. Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 will be work days for Northern area men at Camp Black Hawk and those planning to attend may contact Louis Browning at Alpha. Oxford Hornernakers Extension Unit will meet Oct. 2 at 1:30 at the home of Mrs. Chester Larson. This meeting is being held one week earlier than the regular date because off the county tour. The Cadette Girl Scout Troop 1, met Monday at the Baptist Church. The group made tentative plans for a skating party and also a bake sale in the near future. Wednesday guests at the James Stewart home were Roy Cowpcrthwaite of Spokane, Wash., and A. H. Canham of Wataga. The men are former Burlington Railroad operators at Aledo. are haT m THE BLACK HILLS PASSION PLAY SEPT. 29 & 30 TICKETS ON SALE at the GALESBURG SR. HIGH SCHOOL BOX OFFICE, before each performance HEAR these sermons . . . Saturday - - - 7:30 P.M. - "ONE BODY" Sunday - - - 10:45 AM. - "BORROWED TIME" 7.30 P.M. - "WHAT'S THY NAME" CHURCH OF CHRIST 955 Lawrence Ave., Galesburg Speaker: MR. ERNEST SANDERSON, Wichita, Kansas Sunday Bible Classes: 9:45 A.M. Ph. 342-1728 Happiness is hard to pin down. People look for it in every direo tion, but it's basically spiritual. You discover that the only real happiness comes from God — and from learning to live in obedience to His love. There's a one-hour public lecture coming on this theme by Roy J. Linnig of Tne Christian Science Board of Lectureship. It's titled "The Science of Happiness." You're Invited to come and listen. traistumiNiiri Tuesday, Oct. 1 - 8 P.M. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST Broad and Losey Streets

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