Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church defies recent attacks

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — The vinyl banners in front of Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church are the greatest evangelism tool the Rev. Susan Boegli has ever seen at work.Originally put up two years ago, the 4-by-8-foot sign, with a banner on each side, along Northeast 199th Street reads “A welcoming faith community” and has a rainbow, a symbol of support and inclusion for the LGBTQ community.“We wanted to let the community know that we believe that we are all God’s beloved, and we are all of sacred worth — and all means all. We felt that was an important message to get out to the community,” Boegli said.Many people come into the church, at least in part, because of the banners, she said.However, the banners have been damaged and stolen recently. It started about three months ago when someone slashed them, causing minor damage. The church repaired the banners, which were then stolen a few weeks ago.The church took time to figure out how to respond but eventually reprinted them at Ink Ability in Battle Ground, which costs about $200 for a set of two banners. This time, the church also bought a backup set. An anonymous donor offered to pay for any backup banners.last_img read more