Trinity Community Lutheran Church is launching a fundraising campaign to save the historic building on APA Road.
“The church is in significant structural trouble,” said church manager Louise Cassidy. “The old foundation and drainage have caused the building to bow and buckle, and the roof is coming away from the walls of the church. A lot of investigative work has now been done, and we have a two-part plan to help restore the church. Together we can rebuild so future generations can continue to enjoy this beautiful building.”
Originally built in 1913, the main church building has had no improvements to its foundation since its construction and the building has been slowly settling, leading to cracks in walls and stairs, the roof pulling away from walls, and floors out of level. Tension rods were attached to keep walls from bowing and splitting in the 1990s, when the north community hall was added, but the building’s condition continued to degrade. According to a recent engineering report, “This is a long-term condition, and we observed no evidence of any recent triggering event.”
In the long-term, Cassidy said, the building will need a new foundation and roof supports, a new front staircase and other repairs that will cost thousands of dollars. “Done right, these permanent repairs will ensure a stronger, long-lasting structure, while keeping the same historical look, with the goal of another 100 years of community use.”
The short-term goal is to stabilize the building. “The foundation and drainage can be temporarily repaired, so no further damage occurs, which will give us some time to raise the funds needed for the permanent repairs,” Cassidy said. The estimated cost for this work is $12,000 and the church has engaged a contractor and engineer who will be able to proceed once funds are raised.
“The sanctuary, built 100 years ago by Icelandic settlers to Point Roberts, is a historical landmark for the community and beyond, and we feel it is deserving of restoration and saving,” Cassidy said.
“We understand that this is a difficult time for many and that not everyone can consider making a financial donation. If you are not able to send a donation at this time, we gratefully accept your prayers and encouragement.”
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, mail a check to Trinity Community Lutheran Church, PO Box 437, Point Roberts, WA 98281.
For Canadian donations, individuals can mail a cheque to The Daily Bread c/o Dorothy Bayley, 1205 Hunter Road, Delta, B.C. V4L 1Y9.