Trinity launches funding drive­ 

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With help from community partnerships, Trinity Lutheran Church is launching a multi-pronged fundraising campaign to pay for urgently needed repairs to the 100-year-old building.

“Now that we have the plans for what needs to be done and the costs, we can get on with fundraising,” church manager Louise Cassidy said at the annual general meeting of church membership held virtually on May 16.

Tom Sheridan Construction has been retained to undertake a two-phase restoration and stabilization project that is estimated to cost $210,000, Cassidy said. In the first phase, steel plates and cables will be installed to stabilize the sagging sanctuary walls, and in the second phase, a concrete foundation will be poured. The building currently sits on pads.

So far, the church has raised $13,000, and is drumming up ideas to add to their building fund.

“The Historical Society has offered to reproduce and sell our church recipe book from the 1980s,” through the history center in the Gulf Road community center, Cassidy said. Using their Pedal Pulverizer, an exercise bike powering a blender, Cassidy and husband Darrell will be selling smoothies by donation at the June 5 Village Fair at the community center as another fundraising venture.

Music director Natasha Neufeld is organizing a musical fundraiser. “Our next step will be to contact people interested in sitting on a fundraising committee to coordinate efforts,” Cassidy said.

Donations are tax deductible, both in the U.S. and Canada. A special Restoration Giving account has been set up and can be accessed through the Trinity Church website at harmonywebdesigns.com/pointrobertschurch – simply click on the U.S. or Canadian Restoration Donation button – a tax receipt will be issued for either.

Alternatively, you can mail a check to Trinity Community Lutheran Church, PO Box 437, Point Roberts, WA 98281. For Canadian donations, you can mail a check to The Daily Bread c/o Dorothy Bayley, 1205 Hunter Road, Delta BC V4L 1Y9.

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