Tuesday, October 21, 2014

November SPIRE deadline is Monday!

The deadline for articles to be printed in The SPIRE newlsetter for November is Monday, October 27.  Please submit your information to Beth Mabee in the church office or (or email it to her at bethm@firstpressuncity.org) by the end of the day.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Demo Day

The fountain has been taken down and the damaged bricks in the courtyard's Celtic cross are being removed to make way for the new engraved memorial bricks.

Brick removal in process

If you haven't bought your memorial brick(s) yet, contact Norma in the church office at 623-974-3506!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Courtyard Planting Begins!

On Friday, the last of the old plants were removed from the courtyard and Memorial Garden areas.  The sago palms, which had been receiving too much sun, were transplanted to shadier locations.  The other planting beds received new plants that will require less water and less maintenance than the ones they are replacing.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Library Update

New head librarian Carol Maxwell has been cleaning and rearranging the furniture in the church library, and yesterday a more modern computer for cataloging the books was moved into the room.  Plans are afoot for a library open house, but in the meantime, feel free to stop by to check out a book or just check on progress!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Changes in the Courtyard

What's happening out there?
  • The fountain has been removed; the fountain basin will be demolished shortly and the existing damaged brickwork in the Celtic cross replaced with new bricks.  Stop by the church office if you want to buy a memorial brick to go in this area - or several!
  • The pavers have been removed from the seating area in the Memorial Garden.  Tomorrow the overgrown ficus trees will be removed and the sago palms (which are currently receiving too much sun) transplanted to the entryway to the parking lot.
  • Last week many of the new plants for the courtyard and Memorial Garden were purchased at the Desert Botanical Garden's semi-annual plant sale, and more will be delivered tomorrow from Mountain States Nursery.  Planting will also begin tomorrow.
The transformation is beginning!  Here are some of the photos of work in progress.

Paver removal in the Memorial Garden
At the DBG plant sale

At the DBG plant sale

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Schedule Changes

Please note these changes to our calendar:
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry will now meet every Monday at 9:30 am in Annex 3, rather than only twice a month.
  • The movie previously scheduled for October 7 (Philomena, with Judi Dench) will be shown at 10:30 am in Swain Hall on Tuesday, October 21 instead; the defective disk has been replaced.
  • Because work in the courtyard is running behind schedule, the Fall Cleanup Days scheduled for October 24 and 25 have been postponed.  The new dates will be announced shortly.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Photos from Gloria's Birthday

Church member Gloria Bouckenooghe, mainstay of our choir and Fellowship Dinner cleanups, recently celebrated her 80th birthday at the church with her family. Here are some of the photos from the event.