Tuesday, October 12, 2010

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will close doors Dec. 31

From Northern California-

“It is with great sadness that the parishioners announce the closing of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,” a press release stated this week. “This is truly the end of an era that began in the 1870s when the first Episcopal services were started in Siskiyou County.”

With the construction of the Episcopal Church in 1881 on the corner of Fourth and Lane streets in Yreka, regular church services have been conducted at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church without interruption. Since the church doors were opened, there have been many baptisms, weddings, funerals and other activities, which will be coming to an end on Jan. 1, 2011.

In January 1962, the church was engulfed in flames and the interior was destroyed. The church building was lovingly restored by members of the congregation and the community and remains a very visible building in downtown Yreka today.

The current members of St. Mark’s met on Aug. 29, 2010 and voted unanimously to close the church doors.

“It is difficult to summarize the reasons for the closure, for the economy, declining members, lack of interest and an aging church population are all part of the reason,” the release stated.
“We just do not have the energy to continue,” said Marsha North, the current senior warden.

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