Northern California Earthquake Update

August 28, 2014


Dear California-Nevada Family,
 
Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Thank you for your continued prayers for the people of Napa and Vallejo following the earthquake on Sunday. First UMC Napa and First UMC Vallejo sustained damage to their church facilities. 
 
The Cabinet is in continual contact with Revs. Lee Neish, First UMC Napa, and Renee Rico, First UMC Vallejo, as well as the leadership of both churches. 
 
Napa First UMC has been "green tagged" for full usage of their Bonner Building and Adams Hall (Hope Center).  The office wing, which consists of the church office, the pastor's office and the upstairs choir rooms have been "yellow tagged." This means that they are to be entered only by staff for official business and cleaning volunteers. The church’s historic building and parking lot have been "red tagged." This means they are not to be entered until further notice.  The church website has the most up-to-date information, click here.
 
Yesterday, San Francisco’s ABC 7 did a story about how a drone is being used to help assess damage at First UMC Napa and the downtown vicinity. Rev. Lee Neish was interviewed for the story.  To view the story, click here.
 
First UMC Vallejo has been cleared by the city for occupancy and has held worship in the sanctuary.  Here is a message from First UMC Vallejo about the damage to their facility, click here. To access the church’s website, click here.
 
Both churches also have a Facebook presence.  For First UMC Napa, click here, for First UMC Vallejo, click here.
 
Please keep our brothers and sisters in Napa and Vallejo in your prayers for the days, weeks, and months ahead as they minister in their communities and repair their buildings.
 
In the Peace and Grace of Christ,
 
Rev. Kristie L. Olah
Dean of the Cabinet
Superintendent of the El Camino Real District