MY LIFE AT CEDAR HEIGHTS
The first time I was in this church was for Dave and Jackie Laurie’s wedding. I was about 8 years old and my dad worked with Dave at John Deere. Many years later Dave and Jackie and Jim and I sang in the choir together.
It’s the mid 70s, we have 2 young children, both having gone to St. Luke’s pre school and enjoying it very much. We decide that finding a church near by would be good for the kids so that they could continue experiencing a Christian life. I grew up in a Presbyterian church and we knew people going to Cedar Heights so thought we’d give it a try.
We began teaching Sunday school, Bible school, and then youth groups. I remember what fun we had with the kids making piñatas, the Bible school kids making clay pots, and then the Stiers boys coming to the church, building a kiln, and helping to fire the pots. We cooked many a dinner for the youth group, always wondering how so much food could disappear so quickly. We even took them on a ski trip to Dubuque. I spent the day in the warming house and again, feeding kids.
We belonged to a Topic Group for many years and got involved in lots of interesting projects as this group seemed to volunteer for all sorts of jobs. One time we painted the downstairs bathrooms. The cement brick was the hardest paint job I’ve ever had. We put up the Christmas decorations and took them down for several years until we got too old to climb the ladders.
The Ice Cream Socials were a special project for many years. I’d decorate cakes for the cake walk and serve food. Two stories about the socials- We and another couple volunteered to go to Grundy Center to pick up the dunk tank. As we’re driving back it breaks loose and goes tumbling into a corn field. Thankfully, there were no cars around us at the time to get hurt. After the shock wore off we just sat down and laughed. Another year Jim decided to make ice cream bowls to sell at the social and we would donate the money to the church. We sold every one and still have people mention their special bowls.
One of my most favorite projects was the renovation of the Brinkerhoff Lounge. I worked with a great group of people and had good support from the Session so all we had to do was make decisions and Go Shopping! Our priorities were safety, comfort, style, and durability. My own addition to the room are four photos that I took and are now hanging on the walls. Every time I go by the lounge and see people using it, I feel we did a good job.
And lastly, going in the sanctuary and seeing the goblet, plate, baptism bowl and pitcher that Jim made gives me a warm, special feeling knowing that these special items are being used in a holy setting.
Many years and many memories. Friends have come and gone. I think I will still be there for many more.