Well, we had a great time together this Sunday! Almost 30 of us gathered for worship in the fellowship room of Allnutt Funeral Service. Michele from Allnutt was there to welcome us and Lillian made coffee and acted as our hostess. Both made us feel special and valued. They were great.
We even had a newspaper reporter with us. Jessica Benes from the Loveland Reporter-Herald was with us for the whole service and interviewed several of the folks after the service. Her article is on the front page of the R-H this morning. I always feel like I have to defend myself when a reporter relates my words, but it was good for our folks to have that attention and the article was good. Here’s a link to the article for those who don’t get the paper:
We will meet again next week and hope to have even more of our folks with us. Everyone is now accounted for, although I haven’t talked with everyone. Some are still traveling, of course.
Yesterday we met with Michelle at Allnutt Funeral Service in Loveland and she graciously offered us the use of their chapel and fellowship area for as long as we need it at no charge. God is good!
10 AM at Allnut (2100 North Lincoln in Loveland)
Several churches offered the use of their worship areas on Sunday afternoons and we visited a couple other businesses that have meeting rooms. Mary at Home State Bank was very helpful and kind in doing research for us. But it worked out that one of our ladies used to work at Allnutt and made a call for us.
At first, we will meet in the fellowship area just for the sake of feeling more together. Later we may move into the chapel. We are welcome to use the facility through the mornings, so we will have our regular worship time and services.
In the photo map below, you will see 1st Christian Church in the bottom of the photo and Allnutt just above it. You should be able to park on the east, south, or north sides. We will meet in the fellowship room on the east side and there are doors there. You are also welcome to enter through the main south doors.
10 AM at Allnut (2100 North Lincoln in Loveland)
I have received questions about how people can help the Chapel family. We are working to assess the needs of our members as well as the condition of the Chapel building. We know that some have lost their homes and others are struggling to find places to stay, clothes to wear, cars to drive, etc. Even those whose houses were not lost have been evacuated with no way to return, perhaps for several months
So if you would like to help, we have set up a Paypal donation button on the sidebar of this page. The donation will go through Paypal, but you do not have to have a Paypal account. This is the fastest way for us to receive funds at this time.
Also, the Post Office box in Drake will be unavailable. If you would prefer to send a donation through the mail, you may use my ministry address in Loveland. Send to: Chapel of the Interlude, PO Box 2882, Loveland, CO 80539.
We will keep a careful accounting of these funds. If you would like to specify their use (for building repair or help for families, for example), you will be able to do that on the Paypal site and we will do our best to honor your desires.
As always, you are welcome to call me (970-four oh two-968six) for any donation questions. When Cherri, our treasurer, returns, I will add her number here as well.
There are many other organizations soliciting help for flood victims. Giving through the Chapel will ensure that funds are given directly and fully to the needs of our families.
Thanks to Dallas and Maggie, who live next door to the Chapel, for sending on this photo (and many others).
The Chapel still stands in the upper left quadrant of the photo. I hope you can zoom on the image. The water appears to be up to the bottom of the main doors.
As of Monday morning, we are still missing several of our people. Some have been evacuated from the mountain and we have no contact information for them. Others, apparently have stayed in their homes without phone connections. If you have information on any of the following, please contact Pastor Dave.
If you have any questions or need to contact anyone, check with me and I may be able to help. You can reach me through email at email@example.com.
It appears that a couple of our folks have lost their homes and many have had serious damage. The Chapel building still stands with some damage in the front. We do not know about interior or foundation damage. The road in front of the Chapel is gone, as is the parking lot and the house across the street. Given the conditions of Hwy 34 we probably will not find out much more for at least a few weeks.
Please pray for each other and stay connected. The Chapel family is certainly stronger than a flood – because Jesus is our Strength!
Over the next few weeks, we will be posting information here about the meeting place and the congregation of the Chapel of the Interlude in Drake, Colorado.
Scroll down to read posts, most recent first. You are welcome to leave a comment on any of the posts by clicking on the little dialogue bubble in the upper right corner of the post.
Information here will be somewhat generic, given the public exposure of the internet, but members should be able to glean helpful information from these posts. If you have any questions about the people or the gathering of the Chapel, please feel free to call me at 970-seven seven six-zero98six (I have to do that so my number doesn’t get sent all around the internet) or to post a comment here.