Fire heavily damages church
We are the Eastside Free Methodist Church in Portland Oregon.
In the early morning hours of Feburary 21st, a fire started by an arsonist, caused extreme damage to our place of worship.
We are asking for those led by the lord, and those who feel moved, to join in and help us rebuild our church.
On November 5th, Eastside re-opened our doors to the community by hosting a "re-start" celebration. In attendance were representatives of our local community, the Portland Police Bureau, many of our contractors and the people that meet here regularly to seek the Kingdom of Heaven.
It took over 8 months to perform the repairs and the final cost will be near the one million dollar mark.
A great insurance company with wonderful people have helped us realize the completion of this work. We had a God loving Contractor (Mark Kost), who led us through some very difficult times throughout the process, always finding a way to get something done.
We were blessed by so many. More people than we could ever acknowledge gave their time, money and prayers in the belief that this church would again be a lighthouse in the neighborhood.
Now that things are somewhat back to normal, I encourage you to drop by for a visit and a look around. We ARE open on Sundays! Worship service starts at 10:30am. Come celebrate with us.
May those who gave, or wanted to give. May the Lord Bless you and keep you. We thank You.
My apologies for not doing better at posting updates here. As you can imagine, things have been pretty hectic.
Shortly after posting the initial information on "GoFundMe", we learned that the person who set fire to the church had turned himself in to the police. He has been charged with multiple counts of arson, as our church was not the only place he confessed to burning. As Christians we will find a way to forgive this man as we pray that he be healed from the things that would cause him to do what he has done. We know that God wants to make him well.
As for the building....
After a period of waiting for the hazardous material inspection to be completed and the samples to be analyzed we were relieved to find that there were only isolated areas where asbestos was found. Mainly in long ago covered floor tiles and some sheet rock mud.
With that taken care of, demolition got going ina big way. Most of the sheet rock and insulation has been removed from the Sanctuary and other affected areas. A couple of front loaders were used to scoop up debris, hauling it outside to the dumpsters.
Once cleanup is complete, the trusses and roof will be removed and replaced. This will probably be the biggest part of the overall job.
To speed up the process of getting things torn down and built up, the contractor recommended that we completely move out of the facility while work is in progress. So at this time, pretty much EVERYTHING has been removed from the building and is being cleaned and stored until we are ready to return.
For worship services we are meeting at the Lynchwood Friends Church in southeast Portland. The congregation and staff have opened their hearts and arms in inviting us to use their facilith. Praise God!
We are now in the process of setting up some temporary office space.
The congretation of Eastside Free Methodist Church and other who use our building thank each and every person who has sent gifts through this site and others, as well as so many who have offered up prayers that we will keep the Lords work alive in our community.
We serve an awesome God!
I will try to keep this site updated as things progress.
As we are learning more about what our insurance company will be covering, we have reduced the goal of this fund raising campaign.
The contractor and restoration people have recommended that we completely move out of the building while repairs and renovations are being conducted. The current guess is that it may be as long as 6 months before the building is ready for our return.
We have been blessed by so many.
A nearby church has offered us their facility to hold our Sunday Services.
Another church has offered us just about everything you could imagine to re-equip a church.
Donations have come in from far and near.
Again, we are so blessed and so loved.
Thank you so much for the contributions, thoughts and prayers.
We'll be back on our feet. Soon.