Messages of Support and Prayer

Many of the people who have donated on our GoFundMe page have left messages of support and prayer.  The following is a selection of these comments.

My prayers are with you. Your community has long been a well-loved beacon of faith and compassion in our community. Your work has been worth it and God bless your continuation and strength. – Michael Ellison

 

Prayers for your congregation as you rebuild. – Vernon Swaim

 

In solidarity with a church that acts on beliefs as so many churches in the past that have been attacked by those living in paradigms of fear. – Vance Corum

 

Prayers for the members, staff and friends of 1st Congregational UCC in Vancouver that you find comfort in each other and those who care as you rebuild. Prayers also for the arsonist, who needs love, forgiveness and healing. – Judith Post

 

In support of my cousins Eric and Stephanie Pykonen church – Margaret Wennen

 

I hope you raise the funds to rebuild. I am looking for a open and accepting church. – Randall Franklin

 

Love and prayers from your brothers and sisters at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis, OR. If anyone can lead a congregation through this crisis, it is The Rev. Jennifer Brownell. Prayers of healing for the church, a strong congregation and a troubled arsonist. – Dorothy Price and Pat Johnson

 

In loving memory of Sid, Ruth and Mary Craford. – Katie Magram

 

With gratitude for all that remains, and the strength & community of the congregation, prayers for the arsonist, and prayers for healing and becoming complete again. – Jane McDowell

 

Thank you for you church. My wife and I got married here in 2012 the first day it was legal in Washington state for same sexy marriages. I hope the community comes to your aid. Blessings. CJ – CJ Joyce

 

The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, which represents the Jewish communities of Portland and SW Washington, stand with you during this difficult time. The Church has been such wonderful partners with the SW Washington Jewish community for so many years. Hate is never acceptable. – The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

 

I have never attended your church but am saddened by this event. How tragic that hate could inspire someone to try to destroy your beautiful place of worship. I hope it will be possible to restore this unique treasure for all to enjoy, even those just passing by. – Ann Hansen

 

I hope this congregation feels the love, respect and community from so many of us who love this church…and not only its unique building! – Gail McDougle

 

My life was set on it’s course with that building. And in Memory of my parents, John and Mary Jo Morse – John Morse

 

Prayers of love and support for all you good people as you rebuild and restore. – Gayle Dee

 

Your example of welcoming all in our diverse and needy community is so appreciated. Love and prayers to your wonderful congregation. – Michele Wollert

 

Prayers for restoration for the entire congregation! – Steve & Lauren Danver

 

You are good people. We are so sorry. – Bob and Jan Verrinder

 

We need the progressive Christian voice of First Congregational UCC to continue! – Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

 

A beautiful church for a beautiful people. – Brooks Berndt

 

We will add more of these messages as they come in.

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