Church work day today -- omg, do you know what's lurking in *your* church's closets??
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Posted: 4/14/2012 1:58:47 PM
Lol. When's the last time your church/synagogue/place of worship had a clean-up day? I mean the kind when you get into cupboards and closets, not just the outside stuff and general cleaning. The answer for my church would be "not for a VERY long time." We've had "spring planting parties" and "scrub the floors and walls" days, but we haven't gotten into closets. omg...

I did one of those huge wood cupboards, the kind with many deep shelves and doors on the front. Just the sort of place where stuff could get shoved and then forgotten. In that cupboard I found:
-- enough paper plates and bowls for an army
-- a gazillion cone-shaped coffee filters...but, all of the coffee pots we have take the round filters.
-- unopened cans of coffee with and expiration date of 2004.
-- a plastic bin of markers, about 200 of them. We got two of the kids to sit down and test them all. Exactly 23 were still good.
-- a box of unknown electronic stuff -- cords, chargers (one charger said "Fisher Price" on it), batteries, etc.
-- a half-opened box of cookies. (I didn't even bother with the expiration date on those! straight to the trash they went!)
-- several dead roaches.
-- the "archives" from one of the adult Sunday school classes that uses our denominational bible study. It comes out quarterly with a student book, and a leader's guide. The "archives" were about ten boxes filled with back copies of these lessons, sometimes 20 or so of each. oy... I tossed them ALL in the recycling, except for one copy of each one. Why do you need 20 copies in an archives? And obviously no one was using them since they were shoved way into the back and the boxes were covered in dust.
-- books that were SO old, or so esoteric (dumped there by one of our super-intelligent church members who reads philosophy and quantum physics for fun) that no one would ever want them. Into the yard sale pile they went.
-- banners -- you know, the felt kind that all churches have hanging around -- from who knows when, because no one could ever remember seeing them hanging anywhere. Not even the woman whose husband used to be pastor there!

We did a great job, I will say. Just from that one room (which was my job, along with one other person) we hauled three huge black trash bags, and we filled the entire large recycling bin and overflowed onto the street. Other closets in the church produced similar stuff.

Now I'm home and eying my hall closet. lol..

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Posted: 4/14/2012 2:01:41 PM

I've been to our synagogue's basement. Some people don't even know it exists. It can't be too bad b/c we had a renovation 7 years ago. I chair Youth and we just had a huge event. The kids brought up some signs and I made an executive decision to trash a bunch of stuff.

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Posted: 4/14/2012 2:06:55 PM
Yes, I do. There are some absolutely ancient holiday decorations and props from kids' classes and special masses, along with items that they are actually still using.

But I was in there looking for something, not cleaning, so I just left them be.


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Posted: 4/14/2012 2:12:42 PM
Not me,bunt last fall a teenager was helping to clean out an odd fellows all and found a coffin with a skeleton in it.

No joke

skeleton in the closet

Alex can't believe I still have this

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Posted: 4/14/2012 2:48:25 PM
Good for you for doing this. I cleaned out our Cub Scout storage bin about two years ago. It was a necessity. I found paperwork going back as far as 1977. And enough utensils to last us 100 years.


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Posted: 4/14/2012 3:23:39 PM
Cremains in one closet - two sets, unidentified. Still there. I found them my first month on staff, 8 years ago. They are still unclaimed.

$800 in another. I gave it to the finance office and they put it in the general fund.


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Posted: 4/14/2012 3:45:16 PM
we did a lot of this at our church about a year ago when we had a water leak, then this winter and there was some "really" interesting stuff - nothing quite as interesting as what the OP found....

what you found sounds like some of what we found in my sister's apt when we were cleaning it out!



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Posted: 4/14/2012 4:04:06 PM
Dh's job at church last year involved taking an inventory. We found pamphlets and manuals dating back 50 years!

We also found food storage. About 100 lbs of flour, 50 lbs of rice, 40 lns of dried milk... All of it canned in the early 90s. We opened a few cans to see if it was any good. The rice was ok but the rest, including the flour was rancid.

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Posted: 4/14/2012 9:00:59 PM
Several years ago we cleaned a bunch of stuff out, and I was going through an old desk that nobody really used anymore. Way back in one of the drawers was about $200 that we think was collected for a photo directory at some point. That was a nice thing to find.


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Posted: 4/14/2012 9:06:28 PM
Don't dismiss those old books too lightly! A recent church cleanup in New Zealand turned up a 1616 King James Bible - one of only 32 known to exist. Pretty awesome!

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Posted: 4/14/2012 9:06:30 PM


Apparently someone did a birdseed craft with the kids years ago, and stowed away the rest of the bag of seed in a closet in the art room.

Well, the mice found it.

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Posted: 4/14/2012 9:38:41 PM
Wow, LOL. Good warning for us. We don't have much in the closets yet, as we moved to our new location in 2010. But I'd bet we have a few interesting things compiled in 18 short months.

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