Alliance again partners with Gypsum church for rummage sale fundraiser
Back in 1888, a group of valley pioneers established the First Lutheran congregation in Gypsum
IF YOU GO ...
What: One day, high-end furniture sale to benefit First Lutheran Church of Gypsum.
When: Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Alliance Moving Systems warehouse located at 375 Spring Buck Road in Gypsum.
More information: The warehouse is located south of the Eagle County Regional Airport, between Airpark Drive and Spring Creek Road. Take either of those streets south off of Cooley Mesa Road to reach Spring Buck Road. From Airpark Drive, take a right-hand turn onto Spring Buck Road. From Spring Creek Road, turn left onto Spring Buck Road. Alliance Moving Systems is located on the south side of Spring Buck Road. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.
GYPSUM — Building on last year’s success, First Lutheran Church of Gypsum will again partner with Alliance Moving Systems for a rummage sale on Saturday featuring a warehouse load of fine home furnishings.
Last year, after the 131-year-old congregation appealed to the community for fundraising assistance, Andy Clark of Alliance offered to host a sale at his business. The items provided by Alliance Moving Systems came from clients who worked with the company to pack up and move their belongings. Clark noted that during that process, clients sometimes donate home furnishings and he, in turn, takes those donations and gives them to people in the community. Through a program he calls Home to Home, Clark has donated furnishings to a local women’s shelter and the Red Cross, and he has given items to local fundraisers.
“It is my clients’ generosity that really makes this happen,” said Clark.
This year’s First Lutheran sale will include furniture, home goods and three pianos. All proceeds collected from the sale go directly to First Lutheran.
“I am hoping this sale happens every year,” Clark said. “I think that it is important, that there is a need, and this costs basically nothing.”
“There is amazing stuff in this sale,” Clark continued. “I have two trailers full of furniture. There is stuff here that I was like ‘Wow. This would look great in my parents’ house.'”
Additionally, Clark has a lot of furniture from the recent Eagle County Schools construction projects. He noted the chairs, tables and desks are slated for recycling, but he figures local programs, preschools or home schools could put them to good use.
Still a pioneer
Last year’s First Lutheran Rummage Sale was prompted by the church’s budget shortfall. In order to keep its full-time pastor employed, First Lutheran needed to raise $56,000. While its rummage sale was a rousing success, it didn’t generate enough money for the congregation to keep a full-time minister. But First Lutheran partnered with Good Shepherd Lutheran in Glenwood Springs — its sister congregation — for an alternative solution.
Edward Mooney is currently completing his seminary studies while leading the congregation. It’s a first-of-its-kind arrangement for the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
“Our little pioneer church continues to be a pioneer,” said congregation member Jennifer Kirkland.
First Lutheran Church has a strong history in Eagle County. Back in 1888, a group of valley pioneers established the Lutheran congregation in Gypsum. In 1890, they constructed the little white church that still stands at the corner of Eagle and Second streets. Over the past 13 decades, the congregation has persevered, although for years at a time the church couldn’t employ a pastor and weekly services could not be held.
“We are currently holding services every Sunday and we have a consistently strong congregation every week,” Kirkland said. “We want to let people know that we are here and we are thriving.”