Be an Angel; Donate to Help Rebuild After the Fire, Please (We Did)
The fire destroyed many important sections of the church and damaged others. The start of the fire in an RV parked on a public street near the buildings is believed suspicious and is still under investigation.
For years, the church has offered help to the poorest in the community as well as offering a musical venue and functioning as a spiritual center. The members have been heralded as angels who have helped those in need.
Britt Mueller-Anderson who grew up attending the Community Presbyterian Church of Garberville has started a fundraiser to help. “I was baptized in that Church,” she explained. “I attended it every Sunday until I moved away for college, and I attend it every time I’m back in town to visit family.”
Though Mueller-Anderson no longer lives in the area, she says she offered to set up the GoFundMe “because most of the congregation are still in shock and have their hands full.” The current congregation, she said,
is essentially a tiny group of Elders and Deacons, as most of the children who were raised in the Church (such as myself) have moved away…My father, Clif Anderson, is a Church Elder and often preaches on Sunday (the Church has no permanent Reverend, so the Elders give the Sermons). My mother, Patti Burke-Anderson, is a Church Deacon. Both are active in the Church’s community programs, especially the Food Bank and the Flea Market.
She explained, “I am also one of the only millennials still involved with the Church, so I thought I could at least help out in this small way by managing the online campaign for them. All funds will go directly to the Church.”
Below is the plan for the donations that come in as outlined by Mueller-Anderson.
Money raised by this campaign will go towards the following goals:
– Clear away the damaged portion of the building so Stepping Stones Pre-school can re-open
– Rebuild the Fellowship Hall, which burned to the ground
– Rebuild the Food Bank and Kitchen, both completely lost in the fire
– Replace the destroyed Food Bank equipment, such as refrigeration units, and Food Bank inventory
-Make extensive repairs needed to the Foyer and Sanctuary
– Replace destroyed religious and sentimental items, including: the large redwood Sanctuary Cross, Redwood Communion platters, stained glass windows, etc.
About the Church:
Tucked away in the heart of Garberville, this little gem of a Church has quietly served the community for generations. The Community Presbyterian Church has meant many things to many people: it runs the Community Food Bank, houses Stepping Stones Pre-school, provides space for school recitals and Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do, hosts the community flea market, and functions as an emergency homeless shelter in inclement weather. First and foremost, for the members of the congregation, it is a spiritual home full of love, acceptance, and friendship.
Please give if you are able, and share this campaign. The small congregation is still in shock, and are grappling with the immense task of rebuilding. They are used to being the helpers, but now they are the ones who need help. Show Garberville Presbyterian some love! If you cannot give financially, consider stopping by to say hello and let them know their contributions to our community have been appreciated. I promise you won’t find a kinder, more open-hearted group of people.
Like Mueller-Anderson said, the members “are used to being the helpers, but now they are the ones who need help.” Be an angel and pitch in, please. We did.
Supervisor Estelle Fennell will also be donating. She wrote, “I know how much this lovely and cherished place of worship and solace means to the community and I, for one, will be happy to donate to efforts to rebuild. I encourage everyone who cares to give what they can.”
Here’s a place you can donate. https://www.gofundme.com/gvillechurchfire
Mueller-Anderson has one more thought she’d like to share with our readers:
I really think that rebuilding the destroyed portions of the Church is one of the best ways we can honor the firefighters who worked so incredibly hard to save our beloved Sanctuary. We do love our volunteer firefighters and we owe them our eternal gratitude for what they did on June 16.