Submitted by Saron Lutheran
Two of Hoquiam oldest churches have voted to join ministries and worship, in a move that helps both better serve the Grays Harbor community. On May 7, 2017 First Presbyterian and Saron voted separately, yet overwhelmingly, to join ministries.
“Often, when churches merge ministries, it is out of necessity. Frequently churches join simply to survive. In this case, we have a real opportunity to better serve our congregation members and the greater Grays Harbor community,” said Pastor Michelle de Beauchamp of Saron.
The churches officially make the transition this December with joint worship at Saron’s church building on 8th Street. The congregations will then make plans to use the facilities on K Street currently occupied by First Presbyterian.
“We are not yet sure how we will use the First Presbyterian Church and lot. Those plans will take shape as we assess what community needs we can address. However, both congregations are committed to serving their neighbors. I am sure the way in which these facilities are used will reflect those values.” Said Pastor Jeani Shofner of First Presbyterian.