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Church to dedicate house to youth

April 21, 2001

Church to dedicate house to youth



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A house at the south end of the First Christian Church parking lot will soon be pressed into special service for the 1345 Potomac Ave. congregation.

It will be known as the Regenold House, "A Cross - The Way."

In a few weeks, the congregation will dedicate the Regenold House, which will provide support and nurturing for families and guidance for children and call youth to a life of service to God.

"The house was bought last year but it needed a lot of work," said Patricia Brown, chairman of the dedication committee.

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Brown said church members provided volunteer labor for the project. Most of the building supplies needed to refurbish the house were donated.

"We are looking at the property as a multi-purpose site," Brown said. "But youth activities will take precedence."

The building is accessible to the handicapped, she said.

The church's youth director, Matt Widder, will be the closest thing to a staff member at the Regenold House.

New to First Christian last fall, Widder said he was drawn to the church because of its strong commitment to the youth.

"My vision is for expansion of the youth ministry, and this house will really let us grow," Widder said.

Music and activities that appeal to youth can take place in the house and be unaffected by activities in the main church.

"This will be a space they can call their own ... they won't be run out when Sunday school begins," Widder said. "It really creates an atmosphere where they can flourish."

The name was chosen to memorialize Patricia "Patsy" Regenold, who taught and assisted with many aspects of the church youth program prior to her death.

Her husband, retired associate minister Robert Regenold, will be on hand Sunday, May 6, when the house is formally dedicated. The congregation will gather at the sanctuary and proceed to the Regenold House at 10:30 a.m.

A brass and choral accompaniment will guide the processional. In case of rain, events will move inside to the sanctuary.

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