provided to The Santiva Chronicle
While the storm did damage the Chapel itself, there have been almost 1,000 worshippers who have viewed the Sunday services on line since the start of the season on Nov. 13, 2022 (just over six weeks after Hurricane Ian’s landfall).
At a recent board meeting, Reverend Larry Marshall recommended that he return to Captiva in mid-January to begin live services at the Chapel.
Pastor Larry and his wife, Rosemary, have braved the cold of Northeastern Ohio so far this season, but are ready to experience some balmy Florida weather and to move back into the parsonage. Larry’s online presence has been enhanced by his use of the sanctuary at the Church Ohio where he is a member and friendly with both minister and music staff. They have welcomed all of us to their church home and we will be indebted to them for this time of help when needed.
The Chapel building is nearly 120 years old at this point and has weathered many storms in the past. Damage to the roof and the floor is being repaired now. A local contractor has set up storage areas for the pews to be stored during this period. Construction will be ongoing during the remainder of the Chapel season, which ends on April 30 this year.
Regular Chapel attendees will miss the charm and simplicity of the Chapel, but there are ordinarily more “outside worshippers” than those who can occupy the 90 seats in the Chapel pews. Our folding chairs are mold-free and will be installed prior to the Sunday 11 a.m. services.
Please check the Chapel web site for the latest information.