First Adventist Church on Reservation

by Jay Wintermeyer

Volunteers de-barked every log support beam in the new structure.
The first wall of the new Plummer Church going up is a milestone and a time to celebrate.
The church's unique design features massive logs that provide structural support and natural beauty inside.

Plummer, Idaho, October 3, 2013 - What do you get when you combine a cement slab, giant logs and construction volunteers? In Plummer, Idaho, all these elements came together, and the result was the construction of the new Living Hope Adventist Church.

The church building project has been in the planning and fundraising stages for a long time. That all changed this summer when everything finally came together and culminated in a Maranatha project in mid-August. Volunteers convened from across the U.S. and as far away as Mongolia to work on building the church.

The new church building is one of a kind. It’s the only Adventist church on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation and has created quite a stir among local residents.

Church clerk Judi Heickson was at the fairgrounds with her grandchildren during the construction. “A man stopped me in the exhibit hall,” she says. “He had read about the new church project and asked what denomination was behind it.” The resulting conversation turned into a brief witnessing opportunity.

The building project also provided church members with an opportunity for greater outreach. The heightened interest allowed Judy Leeper and six other women to put on a whirlwind Vacation Bible School featuring stories, songs and crafts.

In all, 13 children attended the VBS and went home with a prize they earned by answering questions about the stories they heard. They also each received a bag containing a coloring book about Jesus' life, crayons, a bar of soap, markers and their crafts. Each child seemed to have a good time and asked if there were going to be more days like it. Because of their interest, the church members plan to put on similar short events for the community children to augment their annual VBS program each summer.

As the last log truss was set in place, the Maranatha team members admired their handiwork. They love the design of the church, which is created to look like a Native American structure. Each design element was carefully planned to have meaning and point people toward Jesus Christ.

From builders to errand-runners to cooks and food preparation, it took a group effort to complete this portion of the new church. Even though the volunteers were tired, in the end, they were happy to be part of the project.

“God is totally awesome,” says Diana Pierce. “We're praising Him and giving Him all the honor and glory, for He alone is worthy.”

January, 2014  The church is still in the process and there are funds to raise and and construction projects still to be completed. Since this article, the roof has an ice shield and the framing of the windows and doors has been completed.