Sunday, October 19, 2008



The last time Lewis and Clark Bible Church held services in its sanctuary was the Sunday morning of the December 2007 storm. The storm caused extensive damage to the church facility. A portion of the roof was blown away causing water damage to numerous rooms inside. Subsequent investigation revealed that the building itself had suffered structural damage.

The repair work was delayed as the insurance company, the engineer, the contractor, and the building codes department worked towards a consensus regarding the required scope of work. The total cost of the project is ~$850,000, most of which is covered by insurance.

As a result of the repairs the church will have a new roof, new siding, new windows and doors, a newly remodeled kitchen and downstairs bathrooms; and new carpet and paint in many portions of the building.Helligso Construction began the repair effort in earnest in early June and are now nearly done.

The timing couldn't be better as the church will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, November 2nd. Lewis and Clark Bible Church met for the first time, in a remodeled seed barn at the present site, on October 1st, 1958. In the early 70s the present facility was built, which was also the home of the Lewis and Clark Christian Academy. The Academy later moved to downtown Astoria. Over the years the church has emphasized a faithful commitment to teaching God's Word and missionary outreach both at home and abroad.

The public is invited to the 50th Anniversary Celebration which will be at the church, located at 35082 Seppa Ln. The celebration service will be at 10:30 AM and will be followed by a luncheon in the church fellowship hall. Several guest speakers have been invited: Pastor Frank Emrich (Valley Bible Church, Sumner, WA); Pastor Bob Emrich (Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church, Plymouth, ME); and Dr. Roy Sprague, former Executive Director of Northwest Independent Church Extension. Other former Pastors and missionaries will also be present. Historical pictures and other historical church memorabilia will be on display.

Call 503-325-7011 for directions or further information.

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