“Our church closed. One person said, “I’m afraid a cult’s going to come.” A cult didn’t come. A small, independent church purchased the building. The sanctuary never missed a Christmas in over a hundred years.”
The church that we belonged to for almost twenty years closed its door. My husband and I were very involved towards the end. There was a lot of misunderstanding, people talking about the “good old days when the pews were full.” There was a lot of blaming of money. Yes, the money can be a part of it, but that was not all of it. We were dying and it was going to happen eventually. It was a matter of: are we going to go out on our terms or are we going to go out when creditors kick us out of our building because we can’t pay our bills?
Two years ago was our final service. It was very emotional for everyone that was there. Within weeks there was interest in the building. One parishioner so afraid. She said, “Jenn, I’m afraid a cult’s going to come in.” I teased her some, because there’s such a “high number of cults in Bellevue.” A cult didn’t come. A small, independent church purchased the building. They moved in shortly after Thanksgiving and the sanctuary never missed a Christmas in over a hundred years.