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Salem Lutheran Church vandalized, community invited to help cleanup


Salem Lutheran, located in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, was badly vandalized sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning with damage done to the sanctuary, sacristy, Fireside Room, main office, and community room, according to Pastor Liv Larson Andrews.

She reports that all the groups that rent from the church are safe as are church accounts and other areas of the building, including the pianos and organ.

“While I am saddened at the state of things, I am also confident that our community can come together and clean, tidy, repair and continue to be the church.” Larson said in a press release, adding, “After all, the church is the gathered people, not the building.”

Members of the church and others in the community are invited to begin the cleaning process beginning Wednesday the 17th at 9am.

An event has been created on the Salem Lutheran Church Facebook page.

Cate Wetherald

About Cate Wetherald

Cate Wetherald was raised in the Bible Belt, the progeny of an excommunicated Roman Catholic and a biblical fundamentalist. She first encountered theology at at Lyon College, affiliate with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), while earning her Bachelor of Arts majoring in communications and minoring in English and theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Gonzaga University, and is a trained spiritual director. She has written extensively for publication in multiple formats, and most recently was the director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane.

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