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viernes, 21 de junio de 2013

Extreme makeover, Jehovah's Witness edition


Thu Jun 13, 2013.


Jehovah’s Witnesses volunteers descended upon Osburn this weekend, drawing helpers from across the state of Idaho to rebuild the local Kingdom Hall.

“It will virtually be a new building,” said Robert Bower, a volunteer working in the information services department of the well-organized, large operation that aims to be done in a week’s time.

Besides Bower’s department, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have set up a mini-city of their own across from the construction site — serving three meals a day to its volunteers who are staying in RVs, tents, with friends or in local hotels.

“We try to support the community we’re in as much as possible,” Bower said.

Through the purchasing department, the volunteers have reached out to companies like Kellogg Lumber, True Value in Wallace and the Zanetti Brothers in Osburn, among others, for materials and other extra necessities as the week goes on.

The Kingdom Hall, which was built in 1961, will have a brand new roof, improvements to handicap accessibility and a new covered entranceway on the north side of the building.

There will be several improvements made on the building’s outdated interior space, including a new sound system with roving microphones for members to speak into during services. And for those hard of hearing, they can plug-in to hear the service better.

Nelson Morris, who is a brother with the Osburn Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation, says the church has been talking about this construction for nearly 12 years.

Three years ago, the Osburn church was transferred into the Idaho Regional Building Committee, speeding along the construction process.

“The RBC spearheads the project,” Morris said. “It’s kind of like a wish list — we tell them what we want and they turn that into a plan with an affordable budget,” he said.

Most of the money for the project was raised by the Osburn congregation, according to Bower.

Morris added that the church had to get permits through the city of Osburn before construction started and every time a small project is completed on the building this week, a city inspector comes to approve it.

“The city has worked marvelously with us,” Morris said. “The neighbors have been very supportive.”

Both Morris and Bower said if this project was contracted out, it would take at least one or two months to finish. The efficiency of the Jehovah’s Witnesses volunteers, though, is an impressive display of organization.

Volunteers are trained by a safety team and sign up for a wide array of departments like carpentry, plumbing, electrical, dry walling, carpeting, and even cabinet making.

The project will be 95 percent completed by Sunday when the congregation will hold a bible discussion.

The RBC recently completed work on the Pinehurst Jehovah’s Witness church in May, which Bower admitted was a much smaller project.

The Regional Building Committee has plans to work on 46 more Kingdom Halls throughout Idaho.

“It’s very emotional to members of the congregation,” Morris said. “It’s not a reality until people are on site working. And to think about all the people you see here with the traveling expenses, it’s emotional.


The Kingdom Hall in Osburn is getting an extreme makeover this week as Jehovah's Witnesses descend upon the local congregation.

Jehovah's Witnesses begin conventions


Updated Jun. 20, 2013 @ 11:07 am


The local congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses has begun extending a special invitation to attend this year’s three-day convention presented by Jehovah’s Witnesses.  The theme is “God’s Word Is Truth!” based on Jesus’ words at John 17:17.  These conventions began in the United States in May, and will continue worldwide through the end of December.

The convention theme is significant because Witness families embrace the Bible as the most trustworthy guide and source of advice in these troubled times.  Personal Bible study is a priority for Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Each week Witness families devote an evening to Bible study and research, which they call “Family Worship.”  The convention series this year will provide families and individuals with fresh new resources for family and personal Bible study.  The convention program will center on the subject of truth, where you can find it, and how it can benefit individuals and families. 

“We feel that the public will benefit from and enjoy the varied and practical program,” stated John Harris, spokesman for the Witnesses. 

Two dramatic plays will also bring Bible stories to life.  On Sunday, the intriguing talk entitled “What Is Truth?” will examine why we can trust God’s Word, the Bible. There will be two conventions at Century II Convention Center, 225 West Douglas Avenue, Wichita.  The first will be in Spanish, and begins at 9:20 a.m. each day starting Friday, June 21, 2013 through Sunday, June 23. The second convention, in English, begins at 9:20 a.m. each day, starting on Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7, 2013.  An estimated 8,000 will be in attendance for these two Bible based convention programs.  There is no charge for admission, and no collection will be taken.  To see a complete program schedule and to watch a video about these conventions, please see


Hundreds of volunteers complete Kingdom Hall


June 11, 2013


NINE hundred volunteers and 8000 hours of labour later, the Leeton Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses building has been completed.

The old building, located in Parkview, has been torn down, with a new one now standing in its place.

It took nine weeks from day dot to remove the former place of worship and construct a new one, with volunteers from across the state donating their time to ensure the job was finished on time.

Co-ordinator Nathan Zammit said the new hall was a testament to those that had given their time to help.

"It's quite fantastic to have all of that help from volunteers, as well as getting it done on target," he said.

"As Jehovah's Witnesses we enjoy having contact with each other, so getting the opportunity to meet new people from across the state that were all working towards one thing was really great.

"Having 900 different people volunteer their time was just amazing ... they came from places like Tamworth, the Central Coast, Merimbula and Griffith."

The former hall was constructed in 1961, with the Leeton Jehovah's Witnesses organisation believing now was a good time to reinvent the building.

The new building features a library, small kitchenette and stage, and is bigger than its predecessor.

"Our neighbours were also a really big help ... some have commended us on the work and others have helped out, which was really nice," Mr Zammit said.

The building had its final council inspection on Friday, followed by another by a Jehovah's Witnesses state committee that oversees similar projects, before being open for its first day of worship on Sunday.

An open day will be held in the coming weeks for residents to attend and take a tour through the building.


THE rebuilt Leeton Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Parkview.