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Echo Park UMC Asks for Support in Rebuilding

In January, California suffered a series of strong storms that resulted in the flooding and damage to land, homes, and our churches. Echo Park United Methodist Church sustained severe damage to its building, and the church recently discovered that its tower is in a state of severe disrepair. The tower is at risk of collapse, and the building is not safe for human occupancy. As a result, the church has made the difficult decision to close the building completely as they navigate repairs and the possible demolition of the tower.

Rev. Frank Wulf, the pastor of Echo Park UMC, has been in communication with the church’s Superintendent, Rev. Siosaia Tu’itahi, and other West District leadership to discuss the challenges they face and the steps needed to address them. Based on the needs identified so far, the church has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $100,000 to ensure that the church can be restored to a safe and welcoming place for its congregation and community. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference in helping the church reach its target. Donations can be made at this link:

The church building is now closed, but is still holding weekly worship, most recently at La Plaza UMC, and streaming online on their Facebook page. Updates from the church can also be found on their website:

Rev. Wulf expressed gratitude for the support and prayers of the community during this challenging time. The church asks for your support help them keep the community safe and rebuild for another 100 years of serving God. As the congregation enters a time of deep uncertainty and sadness, God’s promise of a future with hope is leading their way. Echo Park UMC has been a cornerstone of the community for over a century, and with the support of its members and friends, it hopes to continue serving the community for many more years to come.