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Jim Lewis: Beavercreek Road doesn't need the world's largest log church; money should go to needy

COURTESY PHOTO - Trails End Log Church's nearly $20 million budget includes $8 million for a main auditorium with a planned capacity of 800 people.I had to shudder at the many things that bothered me in your front-page article (Oregon City News, Jan. 27) regarding "The world's largest log church." At the top of my mind:Jim Lewis

• Several acres of beautiful cedars logged?

• The loss of carbon dioxide absorbing and oxygen producing trees!

• Fire danger of a large all-wood church.

• Maintenance costs of a log structure (think heating costs, termites, flying ants).

• Earthquake resistance?

• Why build this large church when the Oregon City area already has enough churches to house every churchgoing family and their extended family.

The bible does have numerous references to cedars being used to build edifices for kings, but the more frequent references embody the following from Isaiah 2:13: "Wail O cypress, for the cedar has fallen; the majestic trees ruined."

Pastor Wardlow's heart is in the right place, but I suggest his mind be oriented to using money raised to help the needy.

Jim Lewis is a resident of Oregon City.


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