St. Bonaventure Parish, Raeville, marked a major achievement with dedication and open house at its new parish hall on Sunday, Nov. 20.
The small parish began the project to replace its aging hall with discussions about 15 months ago.
After donations and plenty of volunteer work by parish members and others, the new hall was opened for activities earlier this month.
Father Kevin Vogel, priest at St. Bonaventure, Raeville, and St. Boniface, Elgin, formally dedicated the building Sunday for the benefit of parish members and to the service of God.
Also attending was Father Ross Burkhalter, who was parish priest when the project began in 2014-15.
Chris and Mark Grundmayer, members of the New Hall Committee, expressed appreciation to the many people, businesses and other churches for contributing to the project.
Kelly Kerkman of Carhart Lumber Co., general contractor, presented a plaque during the ceremony listing all contractors, new hall committee members and Parish Council members.
The building includes some materials taken from the old parish hall. Wood from the back stage area of the former hall was used to create the serving counter. A wooden cross, created by parish member Dale Buelt, decorates the east wall of the hall, accompanied by the following inscription: “Happy Moment, Praise God. Difficult Moment, Seek God. Quiet Moment, Worship God. Painful Moment, Trust God. Every Moment, Thank God.”
Details in the Nov. 23 Petersburg Press, print and e-editions.