After Irma Update

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. (Psalm 46:1-3, ESV)

We are grateful to our Father in Heaven for his graciousness to us and our community.  Yes there was damage.  Yes there is sorrow.  But He is there in the stories of trial and triumph in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We are blessed to have minimal damage here at the church (pictures below).  God gave great foresight to the Elders and Deacons during the renovations of last decade to install all storm impact windows on the church.  It no doubt saved us much preparation work so we could help others leading up to the storm as well as protected the church facilities during the storm.

Here is an update regarding our Church, activities, facilities.

Cancellations and Rescheduling

  • ESL on 9/14 has been Cancelled. We hope to begin classes 9/21
  • George’s Ordination Service is Rescheduled to 10/1 @ 6pm
  • Men’s Retreat Rescheduled to 10/26-28


  • 9/15, Friday @ 6 pm – Century Club Dinner
    • All Trippers who went to Peru & Chattanooga are welcome
    • All Century Club Donors are welcome
  • 9/16, Saturday @ 8:30 am – Book Club Meeting
  • 9/17, Sunday – ALL Normal Sunday Activities
    • 8:30 am & 11 am Services
    • 9:45 am Sunday School


  • Awning to main entrance is destroyed.  It was rolled back and tied up, but the storm was too much for it. It could not be removed completely because it is actually attached to the building.
  • Framework from awning is damaged but safe.
  • A Light at main entrance was ripped off building from the awning.
  • Small leak in the main hallway we will look at.
  • Lost an Oak tree dear to our Deacons and Elders as it was planted during the renovations.
  • A/C unit at manse lost the Compressor due to the power fluctuations.
  • Roof damage to Manse.
  • The Fillmore house has minor damage to fascia.
  • Lots of tree limbs down on the property.


  • To our knowledge all of our members are safe as it relates to Hurricane Irma.
  • If you know of someone in our congregation with need, please let us know.
  • Stacey Ritz gave birth to Andis James Grey Ritz-Scott in the midst of all of this. Praise God!
  • Agnes Kriner and Pam Chang are still at Memorial Manor, unrelated to the Storm.
  • Many of our members who have evacuated are still not back.


We offer a special thank you to (and for) the various people in our congregation who have helped our church and our members before, during, and after the storm.  The preparation and the cleanup for our members and at the church were a huge undertaking.  Many people opened their homes to others without a safe place to ride out the storm.  Praise God for his provision with the necessary skills and talents we have in the congregation, the willing hearts of those who served, and with the needed supplies to get the job done.  Let us continue to pray for God’s mercies on those who are traveling, for safety during the cleanup, for household and church finances in dealing with the storm preparation and repair expenses, in gratitude for the stories of God’s grace and provision, and for His glory to be shown.

Church Building

Manse Damage


Fillmore House                                                      Firewood from Oak off Park Road

Hurricane Cleanup Helpers


Pre-Storm Bread and Baked Goods Giveaway