Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Your Roadmap to the Beulah Hill Blog Posts

Welcome to a special series of
blog posts featuring all aspects
of Beulah Hill Baptist Church's
recent renovation project.

There will be dozens of photos
as well as some explanatory
comments.  It may be more than
you wish to view in one sitting,
but I hope you will want to see
it all at some point.

You can see all the blog posts by
continuing to scroll down.  This is the
order in which you will come to titles:

* A Portrayal of the Life of Christ
(The scriptures that accompany the
new stained-glass windows)
* Beulah Hill Baptist Church
Renovation Part I
(Covers a wide range of indoor
and outdoor improvements)
* Beulah Hill Renovation: Stained
Glass Windows Depict the Life of Christ
(This shows the actual installation of
the windows and is different from
the scripture blog which precedes it.)
* Beulah Hill's New Steeple is Raised
(This includes photos as well as
three exciting videos of the raising.)

I hope the posts are a blessing to you.
I have been greatly blessed by following
the months of work and seeing the
inspiring fruits of this labor.

A Portrayal of the Life of Christ

For many years to come, worshipers at
Beulah Hill Baptist Church will be moved
by the beloved scenes of inspiration that
now adorn the sanctuary.

Come now and take a walk through the
familiar scriptures that each one calls to mind.

The Angel's Announcement
Luke 2: 10-11
And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

The Birth of Jesus
Luke 2: 12
And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

The Boy Jesus at the Temple
Luke 2: 42, 46, 47
And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 
. . . they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and asking them questions.  And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.

Baptism of Jesus
Matthew 3: 13, 16, 17
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan unto John, to be baptized by him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.  And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5: 1, 2a; 6:33; 7:7; 7:28
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was seated, his disciples came unto him, And he opened his mouth, and taught them . . . .
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine; For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane
John 17: 1-23
These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Jesus is Crucified
John 1: 10-11
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

The Resurrection
Luke 24: 2, 3, 5-7   John 20: 16
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher.  And they entered in , and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 

[the angels] said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!  Remember how he spoke unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary.  She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

The Ascension to Heaven
Matthew 28: 17-20a     Luke 24: 50
And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you . . . .

And he led them out as far as to Bethany; and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.  And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

A Living Lord
John 1: 14   Revelation 3:30   Matthew 28: 20b
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.

May God richly bless you as you
continue on your spiritual journey.

Note:  All scripture references are from the King James version of the Bible, Schofield edition

Beulah Hill Baptist Church Renovation Part I

Beulah Hill Baptist Church is located a short distance from the famed golf resort of Pinehurst, North Carolina.  In fact, the church was established in 1895, the exact year of Pinehurst's founding. 

This past summer, the church voted to do a total renovation of the building in which we have worshiped since 1959, over half a century.  The work began in September 2011 and took about four months, concluding with the raising of a new steeple on January 5, 2012.

The church underwent a total makeover from top to bottom, inside and out.  It included all-new carpeting, paint job with a new color scheme, re-worked / repadded / revarnished pews, all-metal roof, new fellowship hall lighting, new doors, new stained glass windows, the new steeple, and much more. 

This blog is intended for the enjoyment of both members and friends of the church who would like a pictorial chronicling of the labors that have gone on.  Three separate posts are planned.  This one will portray most of the varied jobs that were completed.  The second will feature the new stained-glass windows which depict ten scenes from the life of Christ.  The final segment will detail the removal of the venerable old steeple and the raising of the new one. 

The pictures are not in precise chronological order since many jobs were in progress simultaneously.  But I hope they will give you some idea of the labor of love and spirit of excitedment that has pervaded our church body during the renovation.  I'd like to think it compares favorably to what Ezra and Nehemiah experienced in the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls and the temple.

The sanctuary pews were trucked off to High Point for varnishing and shortening to create more aisle space near the walls. 

Everything inside the church got a new coat of paint.  Most notable is the sanctuary, which also sports a new color scheme.

Concrete was poured for our rear downstairs entranceway.

A rich, velvety carpet now covers the entire sanctuary.  Other areas that were previously hardwood or linoleum are now carpeted as well.

The old wooden downstairs doors were due for replacement.

The sanctuary's new look without pews.

Changes for the stairwell were in store, too.

When the pews returned, a multi-stage process began.  The pieces were laid out in their proper places for painstaking re-assembly.
When that was accomplished, total reupholstering was done on-site.

The refurbished pews are padded on both the back and seat.

New recessed lighting and replacement ceiling tiles have brightened the fellowship hall, scene of Bible study, special events, and many a good meal.

New fixtures have modernized our downstairs rest rooms.

Our pastor, Dr. Curtis Barbery, is pleased to preach from behind our original oak pulpit which has been brought out of retirement.  Our other pulpit, handcrafted by member Helmut Blazek, is now used each week in the fellowship hall during Bible study.

New tile added to the bathroom's more pleasing appearance.

Many hands labored and much preparation was done prior to painting, carpeting, and other work.

The nursery has been totally revamped with a user-friendly cork floor, bright, kid-friendly colors, and improved toys and supplies. 
Of course, much work had to be done getting rid of the old before the new could be installed.

Every room in the church had to be totally emptied at least once during this renovation process.

Men of the church are accustomed to workdays, but many worknights were also held.

Historically, Beulah Hill has attempted to employ the skills and knowledge of its own membership when possible and practical.

The church's long-time motto is "Laborers together with God."  Seldom has this been more apparent.

Volunteers of all ages were welcomed and assigned a wide variety of helpful tasks.

These ladies worked upstairs while their husbands worked downstairs.

Everyone seems pleased with the metal roof which has replaced our worn shingles.

Pastor Barbery gives an approving appraisal of the work, along with long-time building committee members Johnny Williamson and Wilbur Calcutt.

Not everything was finished in time for November Homecoming, but the fellowship hall was ready.

For many members who have moved away, returning for Homecoming would be a first glimpse of many of the building improvements.

It was a beautiful day, and as both present and former members gathered for worship, all thanked God for blessing the efforts that had been done in His name and for His glory.

In his loyalty, steadfastness, and love for all, Steve Graham embodies the qualities of Christ that we all strive to emulate.  In many ways, Steve is the heart and soul of our church, and he is thrilled to see the many wonderful improvements.

Be sure to view the other posts which will highlight the stained-glass windows and the new church steeple. 

Beulah Hill Renovation: Stained Glass Windows Depict the Life of Christ

Though Beulah Hill's original sanctuary windows
have served well for over a half century, the
reaction to the new stained-glass windows has
been overwhelmingly positive.  Here's a brief
pictorial overview of this portion of the renovation.

The original sanctuary windows.
Before the church was air-conditioned
these windows had crank-handles for opening.

The work crew first had to remove the
old windows and frames.

The old sections are carefully set aside.

This is a last nostalgic look at the new sanctuary
with the old windows.

With the old window removed, this was
my view from the organ.  Very nice view,
 but not very practical for all weather.

The "big picture" view shows a hive of activity
involving several workers and tasks.

The first new window is set in place.

There is no room for error or haste in this work.

One complete side of the building was
completed in the first day of labor.

The windows look wonderful from the outside,
but must be viewed from within for full appreciation.

Each window depicts foundational
events in the life of Christ.

The Nativity

The Sermon on the Mount

As the final phase of the renovated sanctuary,
these windows complete a wonderful transformation.
In the next post, you'll see the old steeple
removed and the new one raised, including videos.
Soon, an additional blog will be posted
with all ten stained-glass windows and the
scriptures that reference them.