Rectory: A Diamond in the Rough
It’s finished!!! Yes, I mean it this time! Every room is ready for our new rector, Rev. David Bruce!
When Rev. Bruce, or as he prefers, David, saw the rectory, he loved everything! It’s clean, it’s bright, it has all new appliances including a washer and dryer, a large fenced in yard, and it’s in a lovely section of New Bedford.
What’s better? We did it without having to take any money from our general fund. We started renovations more than a year ago and used some funds from Rebecca’s mom. Then we were given that $5,000 gift from an anonymous parishioner. As we came close to completion we were also running out of money. Thanks to some memorials earmarked for this very project, we were able to finish the job while breaking out even! No money was needed from our general operating budget! Thank you to all who helped financially.
Thank you as well, to our workers- those who brought skills and talents and those who learned along the way. Archie estimates that by doing the work ourselves we likely saved our parish at least $8,000!
Rev. Bruce, or should I say, David, (I can’t seem to get used to calling him David), has a family home in Maine, but the furniture is not solely his own. He is currently living in a furnished apartment in Sweden. Other than personal items and some art, he will be needing to furnish the rectory when he arrives. He was thrilled that we might try to fill the home with what we can.
Joan Carlsen donated the dining room table and chairs, Paula Sullivan, the curtains and bath towels, Lauren and Brian Stoye, the master bedroom set and linens, and Gingie and Rachelle the living room side table, coffee table and end table with lamp.
Do you have something you think we could use? Furniture in excellent condition, pots, pans, utensils, all would be appreciated. Perhaps you are downsizing or received something as a gift that you know you’ll never use. We just might find a place for it. (The colors throughout the house are gray walls with white trim.)
Archie said this at our Annual Meeting but it is worth saying again. Our rectory project was a bonding experience that kept us moving forward- together. Isn’t it interesting that the project came to its completion at the very time our search reached its fruition? Coincidence? Perhaps. Or maybe blessings from above.
Lynn (Assistant to the general contractor, Archie)