Sunday, October 17, 2010

St. Mark's church in Yreka to close its doors

From Northern California-

One of the oldest churches in the north state is up for sale, a victim of the recession coupled with an aging and dwindling congregation.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, which has stood at Lane and Fourth streets near downtown Yreka since 1881, will close its doors Jan. 1, church parishioners announced Monday.

Seventy-year-old Harry Shannon, a heartbroken 21-year member of the church, said this week he’s hoping that his beloved church can be saved, but that it appears the closure is a done deal.

“It’s not luck we’re looking for,” he said. “It’s a miracle.”

Shannon said there was a myriad of reasons behind the closing of the church.

The recession, he said, has definitely taken its toll, but the primary reason for the pending closure is due to its lack of members and its failure to attract younger churchgoers to keep it thriving.

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