Chivington Friends to Build New Church

At a recent meeting and after prayerful consideration, the Chivington Friends members have decided to build a new church building. As you know, shortly after midnight on April 27th this year devastating tornadoes rampaged Southeast Colorado and damaged or destroyed several homes and buildings. Our parsonage walls collapsed and the roof blew into the south side of the church building. The parsonage was a total loss and the church suffered extensive damage. Church services have continued in the church basement.

The earliest beginning of Chivington Friends was in 1946 when the Sunday school was organized at the Chivington School. Two years later a group decided to organize a church under the Friends leadership and construct a building. The building was constructed using new and salvaged materials from the purchase of the Sand Arroya Friends Church. The first services in the building were held on Thanksgiving Day in 1949.

Our members are very thankful for those who helped with the cleanup, offered their services, sent donations and prayed for the congregation. God willing, we hope to begin work on the new building very soon after all plans have been finalized. The goal is for the members to do the work themselves along with those who have volunteered. Initially, cement work and the building shell are expected to be completed before colder weather arrives. Services will then take place in the new building and inside finish work will continue through the winter.

Through these last few months, the members have expressed great joy because of the many who have been concerned and continued to inquire about what we were planning to do. We are happy to finally give you an answer. More than anything, we ask that you pray for us in this endeavor. A Building Fund Account is in place at Kiowa County National Bank in Eads, Colorado and Valley National Bank in Lamar, Colorado.

Article Submitted by Katie Kopasz and Photos by Ty Lynn Williams

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