Small church victimized by thieves Wednesday night say the community has come forward with help and encouragement after their story got out to the public.
Update: The following is a letter from Grizzly Creek Christian Fellowship Church sent to Action News following our story about Wednesday night's theft.
On behalf of my pastor and the congregation of Grizzly Creek Fellowship we extend our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to KNVN 24 for taking our churches' concerns to the airways via tv news. As a result of your putting our story out there we have received calls of encouragement, and contributions to replace the needed plumbing supplies. Please extend our deep appreciation to our community and those who have reached out to us in Love and Kindness during this time of need.
Grizzly Creek Christian Fellowship of Clipper Mills is here to serve our community by proclaiming the good news of Gods' Love and Forgiveness through his son Jesus, and by Gods' Grace becoming involved in activities that meet the needs of the Four ways in which we grow: Physically, Mentally, Socially and Spiritually.
Pastor Don Younce
Jan. 17, 2013 Story:
A small church in the remote and historic lumber community of Clipper Mills is hurting a bit today.
Somebody stole about a $160 worth of copper pipe and some welding tools sometime Wednesday night from the Grizzly Creek Christian Fellowship Church. The pipe and tools are needed to repair plumbing damaged during the recent bone-chilling temperatures, according to Leonard Rammel, church member.
Though the financial loss seems small, it is a big deal for the small congregation that averages between 15 to 40 church members during Sunday services.
"You know, most of us don't have a lot," Rammel said. "But we get by the best we can."
As far as trying to catch the bad guys, Clipper Mills folks say they're pretty much on their own when it comes to petty crime. Rammel said the Butte County Sheriff's Office advised the church to send in a written report of the incident. There would be no deputy arriving at the scene to do things like dust for fingerprints and take statements. Those days are long gone for this town established in 1861.
Rammel said it would be nice to get a visit from a deputy every once in a while because they do deal with the criminal element from time to time.
As far as this most recent theft, Rammel said they are willing to forgive and forget.
"It would be nice if they just walked in to the church and said here's your stuff back," Rammel said. "We would forgive them."