(David) The first wall is being erected for Christ the Word's first church building in this picture which was taken at 11:30 this morning. Five wall sections have been set, as of this picture, with 150 more to go. This particular wall is an interior firewall; lacking insulation it's only six inches thick rather than the nine-inch thickness of the exterior walls. Each section weighs between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds. The crane weighs 200,000 pounds.
Tomorrow's forecast is for fierce winds--gusting to 60 mph--so I suspect we won't have further pictures of the walls being raised until Wednesday.
I praise God for His goodness to us in so many ways as a church--not the least of which is the ministry of Mike Boles supervising this project for us as a gift of love to us, and through us, to Christ. Mike, a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, supervised CGS's new building several years ago (after selling his construction business and settling down to life as a gentleman farmer) and now with plans from CGS's project modified to meet our needs, he's overseeing what he claims will be the last large building he builds.
Mike's the man in the foreground in the bottom picture. On the right is Matt Miklovic who leads the building project for CTW.