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woodcarvingSeveral years ago Don and Betty Balmer gifted Kairos-Milwaukie Church with a valuable classic woodcarving which now hangs in the narthex of the church.

Leroy Setziol was a former Army chaplain and a self-taught wood sculptor whose works have been highly praised by the Northwest’s top midcentury modern architects. He moved to Oregon in 1951 and died in 2005. Much of his work was laboriously carved from black walnut, teak and even everyday Douglas fir, and is secured in many private collectors’ homes. His work is also evident in works commissioned by architects Pietro Belluschi (doors at the University of Portland chapel), John Storrs (panels for Salishan Lodge at Gleneden Beach), and A.P. DiBenedetto (front doors for the Pacific NW Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis). A two-story teak carving is in the lobby of the Child Development Rehabilitation Center at OHSU. Architect Joachim Grube says, “His sculptures add nobility to space as only true art can do.” We continue to appreciate Setziol’s evocative work and the Balmers for donating this fine work of art to Kairos-Milwaukie UCC.

Some information in this article is credited to Janet Eastman, October 6, 2016, writing for The Oregonian/OregonLive. At that time she reviewed an exhibit of Setziol’s work at the Portland Art Museum.

Vacation Bible School All Summer Long!

Kathy Anderson, Faith Formation Team

Are you an avid gardener? Do you like to cook or bake? Do you enjoy board games or crafting or exploring nature? This summer anyone can sign up to share their interests with our Kairos/Milwaukie kids on any one Sunday. One of our regular teachers will be teamed up with you to help with whatever preparation you need, to introduce you to the group, and to assist with your activity. And, just as in Vacation Bible School, friends and neighbors are welcome to join us. The more kids, the better! Sign-up board is posted in the narthex.

Kairos HikesKairos Hikes

Mica Richards

I love to hike! Perhaps you do, too. I was inspired by Pastor Jeanne’s story of outdoor activities she used to enjoy with her fellow church members in Boulder. Are you interested in enjoying outdoor activities with your Kairos-Milwaukie extended family? Let’s start with a few hikes.

I’m happy to coordinate hikes and provide suggestions of hiking locations based on season, interest, and mobility. I would also love to attend the hikes whenever able. Since I am sometimes called away by family or other obligations, I am looking for a partner to help facilitate.

If you are interested in any way, please reach out to me.