Quick Build--JR Brown School of PR Training?

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  • blondie


    Glenwood Springs Post Independent/Glen Masse--Staff Writer

    If God can create world in seven days, believers can build a church in four

    Hundreds join to erect Jehovahs Witnesses hall

    When the Jehovahs Witnesses set out to build a place of worship, they dont mess around. Members of the church from Colorado and surrounding states began building their 4,000-square-foot Kingdom Hall Thursday morning and plan to have it completely finished rugs, paint and all by Sunday night.

    "The way its set up across the nation, there are regional building committees," said Jehovahs Witness elder Tim Danner of Glenwood Springs. "Its kind of like an old barn raising, but its not a barn, its a 4,000-square-foot Kingdom Hall."About 300 people mostly professional construction workers, all volunteers and all Jehovahs Witnesses descended on Airport Road in Glenwood Springs during the day Wednesday and on Thursday morning to get to the task of building the hall.

    With all the volunteer work and donated materials, the total cost of the Kingdom Hall is expected to be around $200,000.

    "The whole idea of building it in four days is, we feel our preaching is the main goal and we can get done with (building)," Danner said.

    The hall will replace the groups former home at the corner of 21st Street and Blake Avenue. The property was sold to Buzz Fairbanks, who plans to turn the hall into office space.

    "We already called for a final inspection on Monday," Danner said of the new church, anticipating a successful finish by Sunday.

    Little more than eight hours into the project, the church was fully framed inside and out the walls were sheeted, the electric system was being installed, the trusses and roof plywood were set and the rough plumbing was finished, Danner said.
    "I dont think theyll get the shingles on the roof today," he said.

    The Witnesses bought the property from Glenwood Meadows developer Robert Macgregor in May.

    Volunteers have worked since Labor Day weekend to prepare the two-acre site, which is across Airport Road from the Cardiff Glen subdivision. Workers poured 400 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation and 53-space parking area preparing for the onslaught of workers.

    Who are Jehovahs

    Jehovah is the personal name of God, as found in the Bible, members believe. Church members are Christians and they believe in Jesus Christ, Danner said.

    "We feel without Jesus, what do you have?" Danner asked.

    People in the religion are known for knocking on peoples doors. This is to try and "make disciples of people," a Jehovahs Witness Web site said.

    "Our biggest goal is theres people who want to know what the Bible says," Danner said.

    As far as those door-to-door visits, Danner said if theyre asked to leavewhich is what happens during the majority of visits "we turn around and walk away."

    Jehovahs Witnesses are also known for not celebrating holidays and birthdays. While they do commemorate the death of Christ, the Web site said, and have parties, picnics, weddings, anniversary celebrations and other events, they dont celebrate holidays that have non-Christian religious origins or those that promote nationalism, the Web site said.

    Witnesses are not opposed to celebrations in general or to the giving of gifts.

    "Its probably the fastest-growing religion," Danner said, adding that the biggest benefit to its members is "everlasting life."

    The religion is growing, he explained, because with events such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the specter of war with Iraq, "people are more concerned about whats going to happen in the future."

    "We believe were in the last days now deep into them ," Danner said.

    Services are held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Sunday.

    There was little resistance from neighbors because very few homes are near the site. But Heather McGregor, the managing editor of the Post Independent, and her husband, Steve Smith, who live next door to the hall, did make some requests.

    "They changed some things for us," Danner said. "Theyre very into keeping the natural foliage. We actually gave up two parking spaces. What they asked was very good."

    McGregor said the church members were "very cooperative in preserving most of the native vegetation on their lot."

    "And we appreciate that," she added.

    Cathy Podest, a member of the Glenwood Springs congregation volunteering as part of the electric crew on Thursday, said that even with just four days to build the hall, the crews were ahead of schedule.

    "Its going great. Its going to be so pretty," she said. "Everybodys psyched were way ahead."

    The church parking lot was crammed with campers and recreational vehicles, tables, chairs, a bake truck, a cooking truck and a covered area where the volunteers will eat their meals. Thursdays dinner was spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread, green beans and pumpkin pie.

    "We did 340 meals for lunch. Were doing everything right here," said Fort Lupton congregation member Robert Vigil.

    "Were amazed with whats going on here," said John and Lois Sweetman, members of the church who were visiting to check out the progress of the hall and to visit some old friends.

    The workers who came in from out of the area are staying at homes and in hotels in Glenwood Springs, Danner said.

    "They do one a month as a rule," he added.

    The Kingdom Hall will still be under construction on Sunday, but it is expected to be open for services on Sunday, Oct. 27.

  • johnathanseagull

    Thanks for the post Blondie, I am in the process of writing to Greg Masse, the article writer, in how his readers might be better served by highlighting some of their beliefs, in particular the SL cause, for those who are interested his email addy is below:

    [email protected]

    J Gull

  • COMF
    "We feel without Jesus, what do you have?"

    Well, let's see here..." (feeling around) "...seems to be a keyboard here, and a desk... hmm, here's a shirt. Unbuttoned... oh, here's a pair of legs... they're sticking out of some type of fabric... seems to be underwear. What else have we got here...

    COMF, feeling without Jesus

    Edited by - COMF on 20 October 2002 12:1:46

  • Kenneson

    "The religion is growing he explained, because with events such as Sept. 11 terrorists attacks and the specter of war with Iraq, 'people are more concerned about what's going to happen in the future."

    Yes, it's true. Jws are a religion built on fear. There would be very little growth without this motivator. But why fear man's wars, which are pale in comparison to the promised Armageddon promulgated by the Watchtower? Oh, of course, wars are another sign that its just around the corner. First there was World War I, then World War 2, the Cold War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, War in Afghanistan & terrorism. That makes at least 7 corners. And if we go to war with Iraq that will make 8 corners. But remember. Armageddon is just around the corner.

  • Farkel

    : "The whole idea of building it in four days is, we feel our preaching is the main goal and we can get done with (building)," Danner said.

    Bullshit. It's all about publicity. The Watchtower knows that their quick-build program gets lots of favorable publicity. Of course, as with everything in WatchtowerLand, they originate NO new ideas. They borrowed stole the idea from the Amish barn-raisings.


  • blondie

    Farkel, I thought the same thing, that it is a PR move. I noticed that whenever Silentlambs had some good publicity, that a QB article would appear.

  • abbagail

    Thanks Blondie for passing this on to us (and JGull for the reporter's addy). Don't ya just know the citizens of the Roaring Fork Valley (who never loved the Dubs anyway) would LOVE to hear about Silentlambs... Glenwood Springs is a hop-skip-&-jump down "Killer Highway 82" from Aspen, Colorado (where I learned "the truth" back in '77-'79).

    If anyone would really like to help make a Silentlambs Roar in ski country, be sure and send a carbon copy of any emails about the new JW Kingdom Hall in Glenwood Springs to the Editor of The Aspen Times as well, as they have a link to The Glenwood Post Independent newspaper on the front page of their website: http://www.aspentimes.com

    Andy Stone, Co-Publisher/Editor in Chief, The Aspen Times, E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]. The Aspen Times daily edition is published five times a week by Colorado Mountain News Media Co. and circulated in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs and Snowmass Village. The Aspen Times 310 East Main Street Aspen, CO 81611 - Office: (970) 925-3414; FAX: (970) 925-6240; News Tips: (970) 925-3414

    The AspenAlive Community section: E-mail: [email protected]

    Community Information
    Aspen Chapel (970) 925-7184
    Aspen Jewish Congregation (970) 925-8245
    Christian Science Society (970) 925-7315
    United Methodist Church (970) 925-1571
    Christ Episcopal Church (970) 925-3278
    First Baptist Church (970) 925-7828
    Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall (970) 920-4723
    Messiah Lutheran Church (970) 925-7725
    St. Mary's Catholic Church (970) 925-7339
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (970) 925-6027

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