(Posted by the WestsideConnect.com). GUSTINE, CALIF. — A local church will be closing its doors in coming weeks after serving the community for more than a century.
Community Presbyterian Church of Gustine will hold its final service May 7, Pastor Mark Hollingsworth confirmed.
The church was organized in 1910.
Hollingsworth, who has served the church for nearly 25 years, told Mattos Newspapers that a dwindling congregation proved to be its downfall.
“Six of our members died last year, and some people have moved away. There are just not enough people and not enough money to keep it going,” he commented. “It was a difficult decision. It is very sad.”
The Presbyterian church has long been a part of the fabric of the community, with the involvement and generosity of congregation members extending well beyond the church.
As pastor, Hollingsworth said, he viewed his mission as helping foster a church home where everybody was welcome to become part of a caring, faith-based community.
“I wanted this to be a place of grace, with people who were graceful and gracious in their lives,” he reflected. “Our folks have been so good…..grace, generosity and gratitude are things that I think are here.”
But the congregation size had reached a point where continuing was no longer feasible.