Sunday, January 13, 2008

2 years, 4 months, 14 days

Where the walls separated from the building.
More wall damage. The silver rectangle above the fuse box is a strap to hold the wall to the building frame.
Same here.
More damage here.
When the roof was replaced, the work was shoddy. All we could find. Can't call them back to fix where water runs down the walls into the building. Roofing company left town.
We received 1/10 th of what we requested to repair our sanctuary building from all the donations people sent to our denomination. We have enough money, we hope, for enough materials to make repairs but no money for labor. Costs for labor and materials are much higher than before the hurricane.
We have requested help from presbytery but no one helps. We get referred from one person to another.
I am sad about this. We need skilled people to help us. We need to make repairs. People have been so generous but we were told that our repairs would be taken care of. We were told this over and over. We are waiting.
We are not stupid or lazy. We are a small church, the only church not yet repaired in our presbytery.
I am beside myself and wake up in the night worrying about the building.
St. Casserole

16 comments:

Songbird said...

This makes me angry! I wish it were in my power to fix it. It is disappointing when our church structure begins to feel like one of the principalities and powers and not part of a family caring for us.

Teri said...

(((St. Casserole))) (((Little Church)))

I don't know what I can do about this besides pray, so please know that there's lots of praying happening...

Cathy said...

What the others said....

praying...

Quotidian Grace said...

How much money is needed to get the repairs done right?

Presbyterian Gal said...

God bless your heart St. Cassie.

Yes, how much money do you need for the labor?

Sue said...

(((St. Casserole))) (((Little Church)))

How much???

Mary Beth said...

Is it a money issue?

Who can I write a letter to!?

Bad grammar but I am mad also!

Barbara B. said...

That is sad (and ridiculous)!
What would be the best way for your blog readers to help?

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I want to know too. How much for good labor?

Crimson Rambler said...

"What they said"...let us know. Meantime, many prayers.

jledmiston said...

I want to know about $ too. We can do this.

Also - you are amazingly faithful and more resilient than you realize for simply staying there as their pastor. Thank you -

Kathryn said...

Oh, that is miserable! I wish I had enough money to send Hugger Steward out to be a labourer for you - perhaps I should have done that instead of spending the money on coming to the Big Event. I am so sorry. What CAN we do? Praying can be taken as a "given".
Much love too xxx

Crimson Rambler said...

darn it all, I know WHO I'd like to send to you...our fix-everything person...and some muscle-bound young'uns to do his bidding... you will tell us how to help when you see it, I know.

Magdalene6127 said...

St. Casserole, please do share information on amounts. You have a lot of folks who would like to help.

Blessings,

Mags

Dawn said...

May I write a check and send it directly to your church? I wrote a small check to the Malibu Presbyterian Church after their fire.

Dawn said...

I'm still interested in writing a check. I don't know which address to send it to.