Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Immanuel had an unexpected visitor on Monday night! Unfortunately the visitor arrived when the church was closed for the night, so he accidently drove his small-pickup through an electrical pole across the street and then the wall of our historic 1930 chapel coming partially at rest inside the garden-level basement of the building.
The accident caused a significant amount of property damage and about an eight-hour loss of electrical power to nearly 800 of our closest neighbors, but we praise and give all the glory to God that no one was seriously injured, and that Pastor Tuell had this opportunity to bond with the Englewood Police Department, Denver Fire Department, and our many neighbors who came by to share in our suffering.
We are grateful to the folks at Colorado Premier Restoration who were kind enough to come out at midnight to board-up the roughly five foot by eight foot hole. We are in the process of getting estimates to rebuild and working with our insurance company to recover the related costs, but we will likely be responsible for our deductible at a minimum.
At the present time, the damaged portion of the building is still safe for occupancy, but we have locked off the area that requires restoration so that no one will be inadvertently injured from the accident debris. Despite the damage, we still gather for Sunday School and Adult Bible Class at 8:45 AM, and the Divine Service at 10:00 AM, on this and every Lord’s Day as the Word of the Lord endures forever.
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord.” – Job 1:21
In His Service,