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Fire damaged the Magnolia Presbyterian Church buildings(Riverside Presbytery)
Please use the scrollbar to read this entire article; a printable version may be downloaded HERE. The author is the Rev. Paul Knop, co-pastor at Magnolia.
At around 7pm on Dec. 23, multiple fire stations responded to a report of a fire at Magnolia Presbyterian Church at 7200 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92504. Upon arrival, they found smoke exiting the sanctuary building wherever it could (at the seams, through creases, and through the stained glass that adorned the front of the sanctuary. They made entry and began to put out the fire. They were successful, but needed to cut holes into the roof to let smoke and heat out. A story is told that when the firefighters shot water into the air towards the roof of the sanctuary, it never came back down; it was so hot the water evaporated. One firefighter estimated the temperature to be about 2,000 degrees at the apex of the ceiling.
The firefighters listed the cause of the fire as undetermined, but individuals and firefighters preliminarily identified a back room/alcove as the ignition point. The room had HVAC runs and the compressor for the organ. One surmised that the compressor may have created sparks that smoldered for a few hours before exiting that room and burning through portions of the chancel, choir loft, and communion prep room.
I haven't seen the report, but believe the fire fighters estimated $300,000 in fire damage, $450,000 in content damage, and $2,000,000 in structure damage.
The session of MagPres met on Monday, Dec 24 at 10am and chose to have the 7pm Christmas Eve service in our Fellowship Hall, which is the historic (Riverside Historic Landmark #4) sanctuary. We normally have our 9am contemporary worship service in that space and were able to make that space adapt for the 200+ who attended the worship service. The service was also attended and documented by multiple news stations. The Rev. Timm High (Presbytery Leader for Mission and Vision/Stated Clerk) was present at the Session meeting and the worship service. He offered a helpful pastoral voice to the meeting and even helped set up chairs for the service.
The support of the community and particularly local area churches was felt and appreciated. Rev. Erin Thomas, from Calvary Presbyterian Church, was present, offering support while the firefighters put out the blaze. Calvary and Victoria churches,, as well as other churches, offered space for us to host our Christmas Eve Service (including Harvest, The Grove, Sandals and others). Harvest solicited ways they could help and purchased LED candles to help us create luminaria to light the parking lot and the sidewalk path from the parking lot to the Fellowship Hall. Home Depot, the Flower Club, and an anonymous member from a Riverside Presbytery congregation, donated poinsettia and decorations to adorn our space.
One of the things lifted from this situation are people, who through social media and verbally, talked about role that Mag Pres had played in their formation, having attended youth group, a wedding, baptism, etc. It was a reminder to me personally about the heritage and legacy this faith community has had in affecting the world positively for Christ.
I penned the following statement which was read during the Christmas Eve service:
On a night just like this one
When the darkness lasted too long
When shock and grief were all too common
When current circumstances made the future bleak and uncertain
On a night just like this one
The world paused
And even skipped a breath
Because God showed up
As a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes
Laying in a manger
And the world was changed for the better
We gather tonight
Maybe even to skip a breath
To meet the God who showed up in an unconventional way
So that our world will be changed for the better
We gather tonight to celebrate, for it is indeed, a Merry Christmas.
The plan for now is to have Sunday worship services in the historic building. We had been anticipating building an ADA compliant ramp into that building and had been soliciting bids; we are considering erecting a temporary ramp imminently to facilitate entry into that building by people of all abilities, as it is now our primary worship space.
We are waiting for contact from our insurance company to determine next steps for the sanctuary, which has not yet been cleared for entry.
So much is going on and continued prayers are coveted.
A printable version of this account is HERE.
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The Synod has allocated $240,000 for Korean ministries within its bounds. Application is made through the church's presbytery which must match the Synod's contribution. Please see the letter (linked below in Korean and English) for details and instructions.
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Presbyterian Mission Website
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PC (USA) Churchwide Anti-racism Policy
Facing Racism–Vision of the Intercultural Communigy: Website and Resources
PC (USA) Blogs: Other Voices
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
PDA assistance is assisting in areas throughout California which have been devastated by the recent wildfires and mudslides.
PC (USA) Stated Clerk's Statements
PCUSA.org now files many of its news reports under "tags" that are familiar to users of social media, and the statements from Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II are included in this group. These two links may be most helpful for quick retrieval:
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