The board sent a letter to members at that time calling the finances an “emergency” situation. More than 100 members attended a brainstorming session where they expressed a desire to continue C3’s commitment to inclusive spirituality, despite financial turmoil.
C3’s expenses last year averaged $60,000 per month, including a $10,300 mortgage payment for the property at 225 E. Exchange St., according to board member Chuck Tawney.
Since that meeting, some members have rolled up their sleeves to take on the task of daily operations.
Lawton said more than 50 volunteers have donated time and talent to help maintain the church.
Volunteers are covering everything from cleaning the sanctuary and bathrooms to fixing computers and software glitches. They’re building, mowing, weeding and scraping.
Lawton said he’s proud of the congregation, and the larger Tri-Cities community, for their support and encouragement.
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