Christian group puts church up for sale |

Christian group puts church up for sale

Eileen JoyceDeclining church membership forced the Wesleyan Christian Fellowship to put its church on South Auburn Street up for sale.
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Since 1960, the Wesleyan Christian Fellowship has had a church on South Auburn Street in Grass Valley. But now the white, cement-block building and the parsonage behind it are for sale. The church closed in late August.

“When you’re down to about 20 people … it’s hard to keep going,” said Dick Grizzell, the church’s last pastor. He said the congregation wasn’t large enough to pay the church’s expenses, which included $1,000 a year in workman’s compensation insurance.

Merle Robbins, who attended the church for 22 years, said, “Everybody was sad to see it close because it had been there for years.”

But, “It’s always been low in attendance. We didn’t fill it up.”

The church building holds about 100 people.

The Wesleyan Churches of America is selling the two buildings for $325,000 through Grass Valley real estate broker Bob Beitz. When combined, the buildings are about 3,200 square feet in size, Beitz said.

“They’d like to see a church go in there, but it’s zoned commercial. It could used for a lot of different uses,” Beitz said.

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