Support the Café
Search our site

Fire shocks Trinity Episcopal in Bend, OR

Fire shocks Trinity Episcopal in Bend, OR

Members of Trinity Episcopal in Bend, OR were stunned to find their church devastated by an early morning fire. They gathered behind the crime tape and tried to take in the scene.

Parishioner Ginger Sanders took this photo:


01-trinityfire02sig.jpeg

A press release from the Diocese says that members of the congregation won’t be able to assess the amount of fire, smoke and water damage until investigators complete their work. Besides the two buildings on the Trinity campus, fires were set at two nearby house, two cars and a shed. “Somebody went on a real rampage,” said The Rev. Roy Green, interim rector.

An update page can be found on the Trinity Bend website.

KTVZ.com reports on the fire, excerpted below:

Someone may have set fire to their place of worship. Broken windows, blackened walls and a caving roof are left behind.

“It makes me angry,” said (Carol) Zeigler (married there in 1954). “I don’t know why people have to get their kicks by hurting people. They’re sick.”

And perhaps the people hurt the most are those who were threatened with losing a hot meal. Family Kitchen served more than 50,000 meals just last year. Lunch for the homeless is given out three times a week and dinner is served up twice a week.

“I’m just shocked that someone would do this,” said Family Kitchen Program Coordinator Cindy Tidball. “What an awful thing for someone to do. I just really can’t believe it. I am really just in shock.

But the goodness of others in the community also shone through.

All four Subways in Bend donated two platters of sandwiches, so that Family Kitchen volunteers could still hand out food to the homeless. Hooker Creek donated time and equipment to get generators running, to save five freezers and three refrigerators full of food.

Rev. Roy Green says in all of his time, he’s never seen anything like this happen to his own church.

“It makes me angry,” said Green. “You feel wounded and violated. But we’re in the resurrection business. So we will gather ’round, come close and get through this and rebuild.”

As the smoke lifted, all the church members had to do was look up at the cross still standing tall atop the building, by the damaged roof, to know their faith was not swayed by tragedy.

“All will be well,” said Green. “It will be a bumpy road for awhile, but all will be well.”

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

3 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Fr.Michael

Solidarity, thoughts and prayers from your brothers and sisters on the east coast! Our parish (The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew in Brooklyn) was set on fire by an arsonist just before Christmas. At the time, we were serving as the largest faith-based hurricane relief center in the City of New York. Easter is coming.

[Editor’s note: Thanks for the comment. Please leave your full name next time.]

tgflux

Prayers! My former parish burned down (via accident) 6 years ago. Like the proverbial Phoenix—not to mention Our Lord!—new life is possible.

JC Fisher

Gregory Orloff

My sympathies go out to you over the loss of your church and your neighbors’ property to arson. I attend an Episcopal church (also named Trinity, coincidentally) that an arsonist burnt to the ground two decades ago. But the parishioners rallied and refused to relocate, staying downtown and rebuilding. The parish is vibrant as ever now, well-known in the community for its philanthropy for “the least” of Jesus’ “brothers and sisters.” May the gracious God who delivered the three Hebrew youths out of the fiery furnace in Babylon do no less for you as you recover from this fire and rise from its ashes.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts
2020_012
2020_013_B
2020_013_A

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café