Holden Voices

LINDA JENSEN: First Word

June 03, 2016 at 8:05 AM




May 2016

FIRST WORD

I’D LIKE TO START WITH MY FAVORITE WES PRIEBE QUOTE AND REMIND YOU THAT THIS IS “ANOTHER GOOD DAY THAT HAS NEVER BEEN USED BEFORE.”

AS WE LOOK AROUND AT THE BEAUTY HERE, LET US TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT BACK ON ALL THE HARDWORKING PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN ACTIVITY IN THIS VALLEY AND HELPED HOLDEN BECOME THE WONDERFUL PLACE IT IS TODAY.

J. H. HOLDEN FOUND THE ORE BODY AND FILED A CLAIM IN THE 1890’S

THE NEXT 20 TO 30 YEARS VARIOUS MINERS DUG TUNNELS, BUILT ROADS AND BUILT CABINS IN THE HONEYMOON HEIGHTS AREA.

IN THE 1930’S HOWE SOUND COMPANY CAME AND THEY BUILT THESE STURDY BUILDINGS.  THE MINE BROUGHT IN FAMILIES WHO BUILT HOMES AND LEFT BEHIND MANY ITEMS THAT THE VILLAGE COULD SALVAGE AND REUSE.  THEY ALSO DEVELOPED TRAILS TO THEIR REGULAR FISHING HOLES AT HART, HOLDEN AND LYMAN LAKES.

A YOUNG MAN NAMED WES PRIEBE SAW A MINING TOWN ADVERTISED FOR SALE AND WROTE LETTERS INQUIRING ABOUT PRICE. UTIMATELY THE PROPERTY WAS RECEIVED AS A DONATION FOR A PRICE OF ONE DOLLAR. 

THE FORERUNNERS WHO CAME IN 1961 AND THE WORK GROUPS OF THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS FACED OVERWHELMING TASKS.  THE CLEAN UP AND REPAIR EFFORTS - - WITH NO ELECTRICITY OR HOT WATER - - WERE INCREDIBLE.  BUT THEY PERSERVERED AND THE HOLDEN VILLAGE COMMUNITY BEGAN. 

CARROLL HINDERLIE, THE FIRST DIRECTOR, AND HIS WIFE MARY, ESTABLISHED THE FOUNDATION FOR THE VILLAGE - - 1) DAILY WORSHIP 2) TEACHING PROGRAMS AND OPEN CONVERSATION 3) VOLUNTEER LABOR 4) RECREATION.

IN 1963 AND 1964, THEY USED A THEME, “A PLACE APART.” DID YOU KNOW THE INDIVIDUAL SUMMER THEMES WERE STARTED WAY BACK IN 1965?  THE FIRST THEME WAS “TRAINING FOR 20TH CENTURY DISCIPLESHIP.”  THE SECOND YEAR, HOWEVER, WAS THE ONE THAT SET THE TONE - - 1966 WAS  HOLY HILARITY

VISIT THE MUESUEM,  WHICH IS TEMPORARILY LOCATED UPSTAIRS IN THE VILLAGE CENTER, TAKE TIME TO READ THE LIST OF THEMES POSTED ON THE SIDE OF A GLASS CASE- - THEY TELL  A STORY

FOR OVER 50 YEARS, THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS HAVE KEPT THIS VILLAGE GOING AND MOVING FORWARD.  SOME COME FOR THREE WEEKS, SOME FOR A FEW MONTHS AND OTHERS SERVE FOR A YEAR OR SEVERAL YEARS.   SOME WORKERS COME INDIVIDUALLY AND SOME COME IN FAMILY OR CHURCH GROUPS.  NUMEROUS FAMILIES NOW HAVE A 3RD GENERATION SERVING AS VOLUNTEERS. 

THE VILLAGE IS CONTINUING THROUGH ITS PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGE.  AGAIN, THERE is NO SUMMER GUEST SEASON, BUT THERE IS STILL AN ABUNDANCE OF VOLUNTEERS. THIS YEAR YOUR MORNING COFFEE WAS PROVIDED BY ESS.  IN “NORMAL” SUMMERS, VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE RISING AT 4:30 A.M. TO BEGIN PREPARING THE DAYS MEALS.

CO-DIRECTORS, CHUCK & PEG DEMONSTRATED THEIR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP SKILLS AS THEY WORKED THROUGH THE TRIALS OF THE WOLVERINE FIRE, AND KEPT THE WORLD WIDE HOLDEN COMMUNITY FULLY INFORMED THROUGH REGULAR STATUS UPDATES ON THE WEB. THEIR CREATIVE PLAN TO BRING HOLDENITES BACK TO THE VILLAGE THROUGH STRUCTURED SPRING WORK WEEKS AND FORERUNNER SUMMER WEEKS IN ANOTHER “NON-GUEST” YEAR HAS BEEN WELL RECEIVED.”  THE SPRING WEEKS ARE FILLED AND FINISHING UP TOMORROW. THANK YOU, WE ARE HAPPY TO BE HERE.  THE APPLICATIONS FOR FORERUNNER SUMMER WEEKS ARE COMING IN.

THE VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE HERE FOR LONGER THAN A WEEK ARE INVOLVED IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT PROJECT AREAS INCLUDING - - 1)VILLAGE LANDSCAPE RENEWAL, 2) HYDRO ADDITION, 3) HYDRO EQUIPMENT CONTROLS UPDATE, 4) FOOT BRIDGE REPLACEMENT, 5)  JACUZZI  REPLACEMENT, ) BUILDINGS REPLACEMENT—THOSE THATWERE REMOVED FOR REMEDIATION EFFORTS, FOR EXAMPLE, THE A-FRAME, MUSEUM,  BASKET BALL COURT AND OTHERS.  SOME OF THE SHORT TIMERS ARE ALSO HELPING WITH THOSE PROJECTS.

THE CORE VALUES AND MISSION OF HOLDEN VILLAGE ARE BEING CONTINUED, WITH DAILY WORSHIP, REGULAR BIBLE STUDY, A REDUCED SCHEDULE OF PROGRAM SESSIONS AND OF COURSE SOME FUN ACTIVITES.  

CAN YOU THINK OF A FACILITY ANWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD, THAT KEEPS RUNNING BECAUSE OF THE HARDWORK OF SO MANY PEOPLE?  OVER THE YEARS MANY WHO COME AS GUESTS GET INVOLVED WITH VARIOUS TASKS AND MANY RETURN AS VOLUNTEERS.

AND THROUGH ALL THIS HARD WORK, WE LEARN NEW SKILLS, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY REFRESH OUR SPIRIT AND DEEPEN OUR FAITH.

AS YOU GO ABOUT YOUR ACTIVITIES TODAY YOU ARE MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TO THE VILLAGE.  WHETHER YOU ARE PERFORMING A PHYSICAL TASK, TEACHING A CLASS OR PERHAPS SITTING ON A PORCH SWING BEING A GOOD LISTENER TO A FRIEND, YOU ARE SHAPING THIS COMMUNITY.  YOU WILL BE REWARDED WITH A FEELING OF RENEWED SPIRIT AND PEACE.

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER, AS WE GO ABOUT OUR ACTIVITIES TODAY, WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE AND HELPED TO SHAPE THIS COMMUNITY.  HELP US TO REACH OUT AND BE PART OF THIS PLACE THROUGH WORK AND HILARITY, THROUGH MEDITATION AND WORSHIP.  HELP US TO ENJOY ALL THAT IS AVAILABLE TO US SO THAT WHEN EVER THE TIME COMES FOR US TO GO DOWN THE MOUNTAIN, OUR BODIES WILL BE STRONGER AND OUR SPIRIT REFRESHED.  IN JESUS NAME,    AMEN.