Funny River Lutheran Community Church congregation President Stuart Prisk sits among some of the light oak pew recently shipped to the church from Ohio. The just completed Funny River church was in need of pews and found them by way of an Internet search that took them to usedpews.org
Photo by Phil Hermanek
For less than the price of the lumber alone, the newly built Lutheran Community Church in Funny River now has 21 like-new white oak pews, thanks to an Internet search that directed the faithful to www.usedpews.org.
The pews, which look brand new, actually spent the last 40 years serving folks attending Ada Grace Gospel Church in Ada, Ohio.
As youth programs at Grace Gospel grew, church leaders found it necessary to replace the heavy wooden pews with stackable, interlocking pew chairs that easily could be moved in and out of the main sanctuary.
The old, 14-foot-long, 200-pound pews were listed for sale on the Internet site.
At about the same time, the folks at the Funny River church were finishing work on their new building on Rabbit Run, and some members of the congregation insisted on getting traditional wooden pews.
Congregation President Stuart Prisk did a Google search and found a number of available pews, but none that quite filled the need like the ones from Ada.
Negotiations began and the two churches, thousands of miles apart, agreed on a price and began arranging to have the pews shipped to Alaska.
"It was a blessing all the way around," Prisk said.
The selling price was $4,000 and the churches managed to get them shipped for another $6,000.
"That's a fantastic price, when you figure you can't even get the lumber for that up here," Prisk said.
Although an actual date of manufacture has not been determined, Prisk was told the pews are about 40 years old and a sticker affixed to the bottom states they were "Made by Sauder Manufacturing, Archbold, Ohio, craftsmen in fine church furniture."
The new church in Funny River, which has been built by volunteers who began last summer, is now open for services and officially will be dedicated June 19.
Sunday service is from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with the dedication and fellowship following.
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