Napa Earthquake Update
Presbytery of the Redwoods 8/27/14
Many of you have reached out with prayers and offers to help in Napa following the earthquake. Thank you.
The Napa Covenant buildings and presbytery office had books and papers on the floor, but there does not appear to be any other damage. The Rev. Deana Reed and the Covenant congregation are contacting their membership to determine what assistance may be needed, but as far as they can tell everyone in the congregation is fine and for that we are thankful.
As many of you have heard through news reports, First Napa [Presbyterian] suffered considerable damage to its sanctuary building. I met with the Rev. David Stoker and the Trustees this morning. They will be having inspections done by structural engineers as soon as possible. The sanctuary building suffered considerable damage. The education and gymnasium buildings seem to be without damage, but these buildings will also be inspected. David and the congregation are actively making contact with church members. At this point it appears that all are well. One of their first concerns was to ensure that The Table daily feeding program not be disrupted. David Stoker will be sending out a more thorough message to the congregation very soon and we will forward that message to the presbytery.
John Robinson of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been very responsive and we shall determine in the next few days to few weeks if any assistance might be helpful.
Last week we scheduled a meeting for September 3rd to discuss disaster preparedness in the presbytery. We had gotten started on this some time ago, but further organization is still needed. Hopefully, the quake early Sunday morning will motivate all of us to be better organized and better prepared.
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. We shall keep you informed as we know more.
The Rev. Robert E. Conover, Ph.D.