A grant check for $2,500 was recently presented by the Bean Foundation of Madras to the Ranch Chapel building program at Crooked River Ranch.
>Volunteers continue to work on church addition
Shirley Aldrich, chairperson of the Nursery Committee, accepted the donation for nursery furniture and equipment for the new building.
Notification has also been received from Ronald McDonald House Charities that a grant of $10,000 has been approved for Ranch Chapel. The funds will be used to help furnish the kitchen appliances and cabinets in the new building.
A Family Center addition to Ranch Chapel is being built by volunteer workers of the church. The center will focus on Christian ministry to the community with special emphasis on families and more than 450 youth on the Ranch. It is anticipated that the Family Center will be used of various church and community club programs for kids.
In addition to Sunday programs for children and youth, Ranch Chapel conducts a Vacation Bible School and a Summer Recreation Program during June and July. Over 100 children from the community registered for each of these events. The two-week recreation program is sponsored by the residents of Crooked River Ranch and directed by Ranch Chapel personnel. This year's program involved 38 volunteer adults in the free program for children which has been operating since 1988. For the first time, crafts and games were held in the unfinished new building.
Construction of the 60 x 60 foot building was begun in January and the exterior is now fully enclosed. With the exterior completed, work will continue inside during the winter months. The next projects are to install the electrical wiring, hearing, lighting and insulation.
No target date has been set for completion, due to the reliance on designated gifts and volunteer labor. When finished, the new facility will add classrooms for Sunday School, space for youth activities, a modern nursery, and a large fellowship area for banquets and meetings.