Vancouver District Builder’s Club

Summer Call 2015 – Stevenson UMC

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A MESSAGE TO ALL FROM STEVENSON UMC

The following is some church history as part of our hope to obtain funding from the Vancouver District Builders Club to help our church in our need.

The first building of the church was just one room on the corner of First and Russell Street built in 1897.The US Post Office sits there now .In 1919 the property at School Street and Jefferson was purchased and the church was built there and dedicated on May 20, 1923. The stained glass windows were installed at that time. They are now 92 years old.

The church records indicate that many, many couples have been married in this church and we believe the beautiful windows are a large part of the reason for all of these weddings.

The windows have specific meaning. The windows facing north have the meaning of the Cross and Crown in the center and the sheaf of and a cluster of grapes on the side windows which signifies the Eucharist.

The large South window theme is from Christ’s words “Suffer the little children to come unto me.”

The estimated cost to maintain them for 40 years is $19,790.00.

We have been holding fund raisers and we will continue to do so.

We are asking for help from the Vancouver District Builders Club for this project.

Listed below are the uses for the Stevenson UMC church in the community.

Worship & Sunday school (both children & adult)

Wee Care Child Care Ctr (the only licensed child care in Skamania County)

Funeral and Memorial Services

AA classes & Al Anon

Weddings & Receptions

Red Cross Blood Drives

Smile Savers – the use of the building to provide dental work for low income families

Annual Christmas in the Gorge Luncheon (all proceeds go to the local food bank)

Daytime religious Retreats & Heart Journey Support Group

Use as a Support Shelter for Travelers

Exercise & Dance Classes

Bazaars & Bake Sales

Pre School Screenings & Child Registration

 

We thank you for your consideration, your donations & blessings

 

Please use the donate button above, or make out your check to Vancouver Builder’s Club and send to:

District Service Center
PO Box 13650,
Des Moines, WA 98198

 


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